SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

The news item below comes from an emagazine I subscribe to called Gizmag which is presumably a combination of “gizmo” or gadget and magazine. It is full of some really interesting snippets and I came across this one which fairly took my breath away for the sheer breadth and width for that matter, of its arrogance:

“According to the latest statistics, every year approximately 2,500 babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in the U.S. alone, with thousands more falling victim to it around the world. In typical cases, an infant passes away in their sleep, with no apparent explanation. While various theories have been put forward, the exact cause of SIDS is unknown. While not offering an answer to the mystery, two students from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) are working on a computer system, that could keep more babies from becoming SIDS statistics.”

Has anyone ever stopped to consider that maybe, just maybe the person(sic) concerned WANTED to leave? The arrogance of our medical system as it goes about prolonging life regardless of the cost both financial and what you might call spiritual is astounding. If our marvellous medical science – and it is marvellous in so many ways – cannot find a medical reason for SIDS then just maybe there is not one? Perhaps it is simply a decision made by another human being that it would be respectful to honour? Find – Google will bring it up – and read a very powerful bit of writing called “The Little Soul”.

In “The Prophet” Khalil Gibran also expresses this very beautifully when he reminds us that it is not our purpose as parents to make our children like us but rather to be the stable bow that enables the arrow (our child) to fly. In other words our parental purpose is to create a space that will enable our children to be who and what they are. And is this not also the real purpose of any relationship –to enable the beloved to realise, make real, who they are?

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