A guest post written by Robert B. Clark, Committee on Publication for Florida
I saw a challenging political cartoon the other day. It showed the long line of Steve Jobs’ creations: iMac…iPod…iPhone…iPad. And then it showed Mr. Jobs in need of an “iCure” for his current struggle with a supposedly incurable form of disease.
After some initial dismay at what seemed like a mocking tone, I realized that the cartoon was actually asking a good question. If fearless and creative envisioning can produce a parade of electronic marvels that enrich lives, can it also produce a cure for the incurable and save lives?
Fortunately for Steve Jobs and others who appear to have what limited thinking calls an “incurable” disease, there is hope….lots of it….and ample precedent for believing that incurability is nothing more than a very persistent myth.
Myths are beguiling. We study them in school. We make movies about them. And sometimes we suffer from them. A myth can pose very convincingly as a fact and intimidate all but the most fearless thinkers. Let’s not forget, we used to look out from our flat earth and watch the sun revolving around us. Fearless thinkers challenged those myths until they collapsed, revealing the scientific truth that had always governed our solar system, even in the midst of widespread ignorance and fear.
Perhaps the earliest recorded challenges to the incurability myth occur in The Bible, where both Old and New Testaments offer some great examples. Leprosy, blindness, deformity, famine, plagues, slavery, natural disasters, dementia, and even death are challenged and overcome. Yet persistent myths tell us that curing the incurable was just a Biblical phenomenon that ended thousands of years ago and has no application in “modern times”.
If you google “healing incurable disease” you may find what I found. Half of the top ten results involved Biblically based prayer and offered examples of how that works. And for a challenging and fascinating dialogue about successful modern day challenges to the myth of incurability, here’s a great link. Healing Incurable Disease.
As a long time fan of Apple products, I’ve been the direct recipient of fearless innovation and unlimited thinking, and I’m probably not the only one to feel somewhat indebted to Steve Jobs for that. So when I think of him now, I’m thinking full recovery. I’m not thinking incurable. And I’ll bet he isn’t either.
Link to Bob Clark’s blog