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Rated: E · Short Story · Medical · #1673436
Understanding the rainbow....

            "London Times July 14, 1989. A boy is born without a brain
      and turns five. Doctors said he would never smile and would
      be lucky to live more than a few weeks without a brain.
      At five years old he laughs at television programs. Doctors
      discovered soon after he was born a cyst had formed at the
      stem of the brain and kept the rest of his brain from forming,
      leaving his skull full of fluid. He survived because the brain stem
      contains the nerve center for breathing and circulation. But,
      the part of the brain that allows humans to think and
      co-ordinate movement, never formed."
            What then is human? You can make a leap of faith
      and believe in the soul. But, maybe that isn't necessary.
      This boy, Andrew, has no brain to think with, but he laughs
      at television. Emotions are primal, perhaps these emotions
      are locked in the brain stem? One thing is certain Andrew
      is happy. And isn't that what we all want?
          My uncle Fr. Bob told me that the soul pre-exists the
    conception of the body. I asked him, "What is it?"
    He said, "Joy." Very strange theology. But, then, there is
    Andrew. I just can't grasp what the soul is. "That which is
    not physical, is imaginary." Haggel. My cat is very happy.
    Does that mean he has a better spirit than me?
    I'm hitting the wall.. If you have a reasonable answer I'd love
    to read it.


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