Share Your World — Miracles, Surprises, and Zoo Animals

Share Your WorldIt’s time once again for Melanie’s Share Your World prompt. Let’s see what she wants us to share with her today.

Do you like or dislike surprises? Why or why not?

I like good surprises. I don’t like bad surprises.

What’s your favorite zoo animal?

I don’t go to the zoo much anymore because I don’t like seeing animals caged up or confined to small spaces.That said, back in the day, I always enjoyed watching the antics of the various monkeys, apes, chimps, and orangutans in the monkey house. Very entertaining.

What three things do you think of the most each day?

Well, most recently it has been the U.S. elections. Now it’s the antics that the soon-to-be banished orangutan in the Oval Office is going to pull to try to discredit the election results and do as much damage to America as he possibly can between now and Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20th. I also think about my blog a lot, like what to write about, my prompts, etc. And finally, about what to eat. Which reminds me, it’s almost lunch time.

When, if ever, is taking a human life justified?

The only situation where I can think of where taking a human life might be justified is when someone has a terminal illness and is suffering. I do believe in death with dignity and if someone has instructed in a living will that they do not wish to have heroic steps taken to keep them alive when they are on death’s doorstep, I feel that “pulling the plug” is the right thing to do.

Do small miracles exist?

I don’t believe in miracles at all, large or small, that are attributed to a “divine agency” or to something supernatural (i.e., God). That said, I do believe in the possibility of what might seem to be extraordinary, surprising, or unexpected events or developments that bring welcome results, but that are explainable in natural, real-world terms. For example, if I take a look at a car that has been totaled and find out that the driver survived the accident, I might say that it’s a miracle that he or she survived. But that “miracle” may be the result of an airbag or some part of the structure of the vehicle the driver was in. I don’t buy that God intervened on the behalf of the person in the car.

7 thoughts on “Share Your World — Miracles, Surprises, and Zoo Animals

    • Fandango November 9, 2020 / 1:00 pm

      Yep. I think any truly compassionate person would feel that way.

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      • sandmanjazz November 9, 2020 / 1:01 pm

        We put our beloved pets out of pain and misery, it is no different and a person has a say in it

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  1. Melanie B Cee November 10, 2020 / 8:30 am

    Thanks Fandango for Sharing Your World! Now there’s a provocative question for you…the debate over ‘compassionate suicide”. I know a lot of people have strong opinions, one way or the other. I’m for it, but try telling that to the government or medical personnel…they’ll argue it down. Some countries (as I understand it) are allowing it now, and didn’t Oregon vote to allow it too? Baby steps. I liked your take on the ‘small miracles’ question…to me (who firmly believes in God, but you knew that), small miracles aren’t necessarily “God’ related. It’s learning to see the wonder around us, right here and now, and recognizing that we do live in a miraculous world, even with all its problems. Thanks for explaining that more deftly than I can! And the monkeys? I remember whenever I’d go to the zoo as a child (haven’t been since I was 24 probably); the primates were always ‘at it’….I guess some female was in heat or something, but geez. They were all effing. All the time. I wondered they didn’t starve! LOL

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