Maybe you’ve seen this video.
Let’s talk about it, shall we?
“God doesn’t make mistakes.” I’m assuming this addresses how some view Down Syndrome and other diseases – as mistakes on God’s part. I guess that’s what you have to do if you’re a creationist – you have to say that diseases are God’s mistakes, because you certainly don’t want to believe in a God that creates diseases on purpose, do you?
But then I guess some do – for instance, the original author of this video. This person wants to think that this little boy has Down Syndrome for some greater good. (I’ll leave it to you to decide whether or not the shooting of a cute video with a dog qualifies as a “greater good.”)
As for me, I don’t think God – any god or gods – had anything to do with the evolution of Down Syndrome. Why Down Syndrome evolved is something that is apparently still being debated – at least, I don’t read that abstract as being particularly conclusive – but I assume it was not for anyone’s “greater good,” just as I assume no disease evolved to provide a benefit (but then, I might be wrong, evolutionarily speaking).
Our human bodies are fallible and subject to many things going wrong. In the common vernacular, “shit happens.” Especially since we don’t have a clear evolutionary reason for Down Syndrome yet, I think the reason for it is just this: Shit happens. It’s no one’s fault – it’s just the way life sometimes is.
What do you think? Please leave your comments below (again, please keep it civil).