NATURE WORKS BETTER WITH NURTURE
By Rev. Dr. Arthur Chang
Nature works better with Nurture. Our genes represents Nature, while science represents Nurture because science guides our making good choices for keeping ourselves in a high state of well-being.
When a young, reputable, Orange County prosecutor died of Covid after making a series of disparaging anti-vaccine mandate comments, it was not surprising that many on the internet engaged in a morbid schadenfreude (a new word for me). In short, they took pleasure in seeing her getting what they thought she deserved. Of course, this is all sad and depressing.
Maintaining a positive attitude when life is working well is easy. Mastery from a positive attitude is necessary in our field of action. Our bodies are constantly at work to ensure our ongoingness at the highest possible level. However, they need to be nurtured. They cannot do this on their own. A daily routine of exercise should accompany consistent good eating habits and adequate rest. These habits are all parts of a positive attitude—Nature and Nurture working together harmoniously.
There are times when we need the unusual steps that only science can offer us to maintain good health or simply to survive, as in the case of disease. The vaccine for COVID-19 and its trailers of mutations, is the best-known protection we have against these viruses. We must be careful not to discount the amazing option we have. It could save our life at some point. The marriage of Nature and Nurture holds the promise of giving us more future times for fulfillment and extended happiness.
I have recently witnessed the blistering pain of older adults shocked by the illnesses and deaths of their younger loved ones. These were mostly preventable situations. They may have been avoided by annual checkups, timely vaccinations, mask wearing or socially distancing when appropriate.
Losses due to insufficient available Nurture is not evidence of faith or lack of it; it is more likely, a sin of omission. Although it is true that we will not live forever, it
is also true that we should treasure the gift of life and live it with a deep reverence by making every moment count. Rudyard Kipling in his poem “If” would have it so when he wrote:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run—
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Ask the family and friends of those who have died opposing the vaccine if they would not prefer their loved ones to be alive due to the saving properties of this treatment. Without doubt, I think they would.
Kipling is pointing us toward becoming spiritually mature adults; realizing that life is precious and Nurture is indispensable. This transcends the abstraction of “My right,” especially, when the insistence is not based on knowing such a choice could lead to a person’s death.
The fact that Nature works better with Nurture takes us out of philosophical abstractions and leads us to make good decisions and gives us the opportunity to thrive and flourish for as long as possible.