Saturday, December 09, 2006

The Miracle

Imagine for a moment that you are a young Helen Keller. Your ability to see and hear was stripped from you during infancy. The world you perceive is dark and silent. There is no language through which you can communicate subtlety and detail. What reason would you have to believe that the world was otherwise?
A teacher enters your life. The way the teacher interacts with you will be unlike anything else you have encountered. She will introduce a language through which to communicate subtleties.
Initially what she attempts to communicate will be meaningless. The teacher will repeat the attempted communication again and again. Keep in mind that she will not only sign the word "water" into your hand repeatedly, she will give you water to pump.
Teaching you the word for water without giving you the action to produce it, so that you may experience it first hand, would be worthless.
Realize as well that, even if you become familiar with the word "water", it doesn’t automatically mean that you know what "water" is.
The miracle occurs when you at last understand what is being communicated, when you can connect it to something experiential. Endowed with this new perception you enter a new world.
Consider that you don’t know that you don’t know until you know.


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