Observations and inanities by a second-shift assistant supervisor in the Puppy-Grinding division of the Evil Atheist Conspiracy® (our motto: "Sure it's cruel, but think of the jobs!"), your host, Brent Rasmussen.
"God trumps doctors" for 57% of Americans.
CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- When it comes to saving lives, God trumps doctors for many Americans.
An eye-opening survey reveals widespread belief that divine intervention can revive dying patients. And, researchers said, doctors "need to be prepared to deal with families who are waiting for a miracle."
More than half of randomly surveyed adults -- 57 percent -- said God's intervention could save a family member even if physicians declared that treatment would be futile. And nearly three-quarters said patients have a right to demand that treatment continue.
OK, grim. But not as bad as it could be. Only 20% of medical professionals thought that the Sky-Daddy would work a miracle to save a loved one. And the news item also contained this:
"Sensitivity to this belief will promote development of a trusting relationship" with patients and their families, according to researchers. That trust, they said, is needed to help doctors explain objective, overwhelming scientific evidence showing that continued treatment would be worthless.
Translation: "We have to be ready to explain reality to the deluded - that miracles don't happen."
When families are confronted with the imminent death of a loved one, their natural tendency is to want that person to live, and the precise mechanism how that is to happen doesn't really matter. Can medicine do it? Great. God perform a miracle? Whatever it takes, man - I'll get the incense.
Thinking about it, I'm kinda glad we have the typical belief systems we do. I could easily see how a more primitive belief requiring some kind of sacrifice to the Sky Daddy might prevail - wherein all the relatives had to chop off a finger or something, in order to appease the finger-noshing desires of the Sky Daddy. You'd see a hell of a lot of people walking around missing a digit or two. How many fingers you were missing would be a status symbol in some circles, showing how much you loved your family members.
But the current reality is not really less absurd, just a tad less bloody. Seriously, think about it.
Me? I'll take science, and medical personnel who are well trained and have the tools they need for the job. Even as limited as it is, I'll place my trust in human intelligence and experience over a myth, any day.