I have often wondered when humans will stop relying on superstition and start relying on knowledge and reason. I’ll excuse one wanting to pray as long as they use modern science too. Prayer or meditation has some psychological benefit for some people, so I would not deny them that as long as they are treating their child with the best medical knowledge and technology we have, but relying solely on superstition just does not get the job done.
This is what got me though… When my mother had stage 3 breast cancer 8 or 9 years ago, they surgically removed her breast (one breast). After the doctors declared her cancer free, I asked the doctor “so how long will I have my mother?” His response to me was, “You mean God willin’?” I was a bit puzzled by a doctor asking that, but I let it go instead of arguing semantics and alike with him and just said, “Yeah.” It was an odd response to me coming from a doctor, but I let it go because I wanted an answer, not an debate. His prognosis was potentially at least as long as my grandmother lived, which was until 94 y.o. Granted, I am in the Bible Belt, but still, given what doctors know, I was a bit astounded by his response to my question. A part of me wanted to say, “Knock it off with the superstition and just answer my question to the best of your ability”. but I didn’t, in part because my mother was in the room with us too when I asked.
Obviously, doctors are not immune to superstition either, but at least they don’t rely on superstition or most don’t that is. Either that or he was placating us, because he knew my mother is religious and was sitting right there when I asked, and just assumed because she is religious, I am too. I’m not sure which, but I would have settled for, “I don’t know, she could possibly live to be 100 for all I know” and been very satisfied with that answer.