Intelligently knowing that we aren’t designed

A news story hit me pretty hard today. A 14 year old British girl won the right to be cryogenically frozen shortly before dying of cancer. She was hoping one day to be ‘woken up’. This article from The Guardian tells us of a letter she sent to the court after researching cryogenics online. It read:

I have been asked to explain why I want this unusual thing done. I’m only 14 years old and I don’t want to die, but I know I am going to. I think being cryo‐preserved gives me a chance to be cured and woken up, even in hundreds of years’ time.

I don’t want to be buried underground. I want to live and live longer and I think that in the future they might find a cure for my cancer and wake me up. I want to have this chance. This is my wish.

It’s hard to read this knowing she did not live much longer. Her bravery is inspiring, knowing of her fate and seemingly living her last days with maturity and dignity. 

We are a species that is constantly convincing itself that it is a product of intelligent design. I do not know the beliefs of this young girl, I am not trying to speak on her behalf. We shouldn’t be declaring intelligent design from the rooftops, and this girl to me, is a tragic example of why. We are still a long way off curing the diseases that may be a small inconvenience to future generations. If a day comes when this teenager can be brought back to life, she may enter a world in which the disease that she was unable to recover from is cured by a quick appointment at the doctors. Millions of people live with illnesses that are slowly taking over their bodies. This an obvious absence of grand design. We live in an unfortunate age, an inoperable brain tumour can be detected yet the sufferer is unable to do anything other that feel the effects. We can diagnose an debilitating disease and do nothing but wait for it to take its course. Imagine a world in which money was put into medical advancement instead of a church that praises a design that is heavily flawed.

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