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  • Most of our lives are spent in situations of numbing sterility. There is usually no

  • option but to conform and obey boring rules. We don’t in our work generally create

  • anything of particular wonder or interest. We don’t know how to paint or play Chopin’s

  • Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor. We can’t personally manufacture an iphone; we don’t

  • don’t know how to extract oil from the ground. And yet, without being conscious of the specifics,

  • we are at points capable of doing something properly miraculous: we can make another person.

  • We can conjure up the limbs and organs of a fellow creature. We can create a liver,

  • we can design someone else’s brain, we canby ingesting a mixed diet perhaps including

  • bananas, cheese sandwiches and ginger biscuitsmake fingers, we can connect neurones

  • that will transmit thoughts about the history of the Ancient Persians or the workings of

  • the dishwasher. We can choreograph the birth of an organic machine that will probably still

  • be going close to a hundred years from now. We can be the master coordinator and chief

  • designer of a product more advanced than any technology and more complex and interesting

  • than the greatest work of art. Having a child definitively refutes any worry about our lack

  • of creativity and dismantles (at least for while) the envy we might otherwise feel about

  • the inventiveness of others. They may have written a stirring song, started and sold

  • a bio-engineering company or plotted an engaging novel. But we will have created the oddest

  • yet most inspiring work of art and science around: one that is alive; one that will develop

  • its own centers of happiness and secrecy; that will one day do its homework, get a job,

  • hate us, forgive us, end up being, despite itself, a bit like us and eventually, make

  • humans of its own that can spawn themselves into perpetuity. However much they may resent

  • one another, grow apart or be worn down by the humdrum nature of family life, parents

  • and children are never entirely able to get past the supernatural sequence of events that

  • connects creators and created. Because two people met fifteen years ago in a friend’s

  • kitchen, liked the look of one another, swapped phone numbers and went out for dinner, there

  • is nowacross the table – a being with a particular sort of nose, a distinctive emotional

  • temperament and a way of smiling that (as everyone remarks) unnervingly echoes that

  • of a dead maternal grandfather. Parenting ineluctably

  • demands that one address the greatest, founding philosophical question: what is a good life?

  • As we go about answering it live in our words and actions over long years, we will at least

  • know that we have been spared the one great fear that otherwise haunts us and usually

  • manifests itself around work: that of not being able to make a difference. There will

  • not be the remotest danger of lacking impact, only of unwittingly exerting the wrong kind.

  • We will as parents be the biographers, coaches, teachers, chefs, photographers, masters and slaves of

  • our new charges. Our work will lend us the opportunity to show our worst, but also our

  • best selves in action: it is the particular words we will find, the touch of our hands,

  • the encouraging look only we will be able to give, the swerve towards lenience or the

  • brave defence of principles that will make a decisive difference to the sorrows and joys

  • of another human being. Who we are every day, the specific individuals we will have matured

  • into, will have an unparalleled power to exert a beneficial influence on somebody else’s

  • life. We willin our role as parentsbe terrified, exhausted, resentful, enchanted

  • and forever spared any lingering doubt as to our significance or role on the earth.

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親子關係的奇蹟 (The Miracle of Parenthood)

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