Friday, October 07, 2005
A Cutting Question
Premise: You are about to undergo major surgery (for you medical types, the abdominal cavity will be invaded and reflexes obtunded). For educational purposes, you have given your consent for the filming and display of your surgery.
Question: At any time later, would you watch the tape of your surgery? Why or why not.
(After 4 reader responses, I will give my own answer!)
UPDATE: So the 4 responses are now in. Kudos to Lori and Tanya who set a new Clarity of Night record in responding: 15 and 16 minutes after my post, respectively!
My Answer: I would force myself to watch the video; however, it would be very uncomfortable. Why? Not because I'm squeamish (having prepared my own meat for food is proof that I can handle a few guts...literally). My discomfort flows from another place.
Although I am well aware of human anatomy and the functions of the various organs, I have difficulty accepting that I and people I know are mere conglomerations of beating hearts, sodium cascades, mitosis, cellular respiration, etc. A living, passionate mind, the unique glimmer in every person's eyes, seems so much more to me than the extravaganza of biochemical processes whirling away beneath the skin. Seeing surgery on myself would be a peek behind the curtain at the truth. The Wizard of Oz isn't a thundering, flaming green deity at all. He's just a fumbling little man putting on a show. And losing his hair too.
Posted by jason evans at 10:02 PM