And they’re right! At least about this atheist.
This morning, around 10AM, I slipped into dreamland and had my wisdom teeth removed. That sounds so dry, so clinical, and so simple.
The fact of the matter is that I didn’t have my wisdom teeth removed. I had them DRILLED OUT OF MY SKULL! Sounds fun, no?
My family genetics was nice enough to leave me with only three wisdom teeth. Which got me thinking…science sucks, doesn’t it? I mean, not science, but the advent of medical science.
Here’s why: thanks to science, the human race will almost certainly never be rid of wisdom teeth. Don’t understand? Well, I’ll do my best.
Contrary to common belief, the human body is certainly not perfect. And I’m not just talking about my own. One of these unfortunate imperfections is in our mouths. They’re too small. The jaws are too small, anyway.
We grow four extra teeth in the back of our mouths, and for the majority of us there just isn’t enough room for them to grow in properly. Before medical science, particularly of the dental variety, those teeth would cause a lot of problems. Impacting into other teeth, pressing against nerves, causing abscesses and infections…you could even die from something as silly as wisdom teeth.
Had humans never come up with the technology that I am currently reaping the benefits of, many would die from their dental work. And while that would be a very sad thing, it would make it less likely for people who grew wisdom teeth, specifically ones that caused horrible problems, to have children who would then share those medical issues. Gradually, over many generations, humanity would either end up ‘evolving away’ wisdom teeth and/or jaws that were too small to hold them.
But thanks to dentists everywhere, that won’t happen. By removing our teeth before they kill us, these horrible dentists are allowing us to pass on our wisdom teeth genes to the next generation. Thus ensuring that they won’t be going away.
Anyway, I’m sure my medication is effecting my thinking, so if none of that made any sense, let me know!
Oh, and I’d also like to issue a challenge. I, an atheist, am using medical science to deal with my teeth and with the pain and recovery afterward. I don’t put faith in science, but I trust it a great deal.
Are there any Christians or other religious people out there who are getting their wisdom teeth out soon? I ask because I’d like to see if one would like to test if prayer and not science would help them as much as my oxycodone is helping me right now.
Let me know if you’re interested!