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Class this week has really

Class this week has really made me think about how often we accept things as real or true without even thinking about it.  I think this is because we live in a world that places so much emphasis on facts and "getting the right answers."  I found it interesting that when we were asked what life is, we initially tried to answer with what we have been taught rather than our own simple observations. 

Our discussion in class on Wednesday reminded me of an experience I had last year.  One night as I was falling asleep, I had a dream that I needed a heart transplant. I suddenly woke up and realized that I did not have the slightest idea how a heart transplant worked. I tried to fall back asleep but I couldn't because my mind was awake and thinking about heart transplants.  I knew that I would not be able to sleep without knowing more about heart transplants so I got out of bed and googled it.  Once I learned more, I wondered how doctors are able to perform an intricate process like that but they are not yet able to bring someone back from the dead. I know that there have been miracles where they have restarted someone's heart after a small amount of time but why can't they straight up bring someone back from the dead. 

I guess the answer to my question relates to what we discussed in class about life as a process. There is not just one thing that a doctor could do to bring someone back from the dead because death, as life, is a process. While it might only take one shot to kill someone, fixing the wound is not enough to bring them back because other parts of the body have already shut down. 


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