Whether the next generation arrives hatching or birthing, for some of us humans there is a tingle associated with the news: “She’s expecting!”
Few of us have even had the experience of seeing chicks hatch, never mind the hundreds of other animals in the wild arriving from uterus or egg. And what sort of egg?
Reptilian eggs are not hard shelled, but a bit rubbery - and some reptiles are viviparous, give life birth. However new life is produced, it’s always fascinating. Imagine living in big cities, some of which are bereft of parks and where wild life may mean something less charming.
New York City’s Central Park is a marvel in the middle of Gotham: As well, the arrival of peregrine falcons nesting in its tall buildings is another marvel. These peregrines have their own special deliveries, watched and photographed by their supporters. (Note: As wild animals lose more and more habitat, they become more and more likely to show up in cities - such as the coyote who arrived in Chicago and walked into a convenience store seeking food).
One of the more important experience for humans is contemplating the natural world, fauna and flora. The natural world is more than fascinating, it is affirming: God’s in His heaven - all’s right with the world, was what Robert Browning wrote when the world was hardly “right.” Alexander Pope wrote that Hope springs eternal in the human breast.
Don’t you feel your breast/heart/soul respond to such glorious ideas, feel that no matter what, that eventually (however far away) all will be well and all will be well and all manner of things will be well? This was Julian of Norwich’s beating heart.
Most often, we can rely on wild animals to hatch or birth without incident. Domesticated animals occasionally do have problems. After all, when humans interfere, unfortunate results may occur. I particularly refer to inbreeding which suits the needs and desires of humans for, say, milk production or wool - or just for show. Nature left on its own tends to eliminate undesirable traits.
My more immediate concern: How do human animals justify keeping alive not only terribly sick offspring, but also adults too sick to live without mechanical interference? Humans, in the imagination of their hearts keep alive others humans past all reason and kill others with appalling belief in their own righteousness.
Of course I’m against capital punishment. And of course I’m against abortion FOR MYSELF. It is not up to me to choose for other women. This is the flipside of those who are for capital punishment and against abortion. We’re all fortunate to live in America where there is such freedom that many other cultures long to live here. We must let them in, for that is who we are - or at least who we were.
How many long for a special delivery when hospitals endowed by religious affiliation and support, sometimes resuscitate patients far beyond what is (to some of us) reasonable. For those who believe in what is most often called “heaven,” why not let - for instance - the warehoused elderly go?
I’ve been told, “They’re happy!” Compared to what? I’ve become very disappointed in those facilities that keep people alive beyond what many of us find unconscionable; yet I cannot blame those who are afraid of lawsuits. I don’t know every doctor even in my little community, but what I’ve learned from a few is that all medical doctors are - if not afraid of law suits - are most certainly aware of the possibility.
I preach being one’s own advocate. While I was raised around doctors and medicine, the internet is a welcome source for education. If you can read this, you can learn to study facts and ideas about your own health and how to support it. There are few persons who have not learned that smoking, too much drinking and too much eating (incorrectly) are not healthy. We’ve seen those online photos of WalMart customers, most of whom are advertisements of illness unto death.
We began with special delivery and we’ll end with special delivery.
If you’ve never witnessed a good natural childbirth nor a good natural death, it is difficult to understand the beauty and rightness of such. For we poor humans, what is natural does not come naturally, but must be carefully taught.