The Most Miraculous Human Face
I am saying miraculous because I have no other word in the English language to describe it. It is so amazing, what I am about to talk about, and stupendous and so absolutely unbelievable that I don’t know what else to call it.
I am talking about the human face.
As for using the expression design, that is simple. Because, design is what it is no matter how you look at it.
Here is the basic inventory – the essential ingredients or components or parts of the human face: nose, eyes, mouth, cheeks, forehead, chin and that is pretty much it: six items.
Out of these, three are merely holes in a wall – or on a canvass if you will.
That which we call a nose – not rose mind you but nose – is a couple of holes; mouth is a gaping chasm; and eyes are two more holes, this time fitted with a pair of headlights of sorts.
Forehead is what it is and so is the chin.
Now someone takes these things and fashions them into a face – a very special, unique and spectacular object. Each so special and unique that it cannot be mistaken for another.
And many so spectacular that they leave you gaping in awe and wonder.
They say there are seven billion people in the world. That is, 7,000,000,000 faces, not two of them the same.
Are you getting the hang of this thing now? Because, I am about to ask, how in the world did they all come to be?
All these human faces?
And all the multiple billions that went before them and all those other billions that are yet to come.
Each very special; each very unique. No two of them the same! And not one of them fitted with anything more than six pieces.
Same question: Who is the designer?
Another question: Whence the diversity, the range, the variation – so infinite and unpredictable and so spectacular?
You will say: Chance.
I will say: You mean they just happened – all by themselves?
You will say: Pretty much.
Then I would know. You are hedging.
Not because you are being dishonest or disingenuous but because you just don’t know. You are not sure.
And not knowing, that is your best bet. You hide behind the tranquilizing potential of “Pretty Much.”
I press home the advantage.
“Pretty much, heh?” I say.
“Oh, absolutely!” you say. You have had time to regroup.
I have tasted blood. I go for the kill.
“How do you know?” I say.
“How do I know? It is time. It is known. That is what it is.” You say triumphally and with a certitude that can only be born of a lingering doubt.
“Time?” I say.
“Time,” you say. “Billions upon billions of years. That will do it.”
“Time will do it?” I say.
“Of course, time will do it,” you say.
“Then why the fixed parameters?” I say. “The same inventory of six body parts of nose, eyes, mouth, cheeks, forehead and chin. How can something so finite and small give rise to something so infinite and varied all by itself?”
“How about God, the Master Designer?” I think to myself. “The one who out of practically nothing designed the marvel of the human face?”
And I say: “Where is the God hypothesis in all this?”
And I feel sorry for the human race, and in particular for the smarter and more educated segments among human beings.
I find myself musing: “Shouldn’t the God hypothesis merit a place at least on par with all the other hypotheses – the Time hypothesis; the Chance hypothesis; the Autogenesis hypothesis?”
“Yaa hasratan ‘alal ‘ibaad,” I find myself muttering under my breath.
That is Qur’an for “What a shame, what a pity, the way humans are!”
I repeat: “Yaa hasratan ‘alal ‘ibaad.”
No one perhaps paraphrased that Aayat (passage of the Qur’an) better than Shakespeare when he had Robin Goodfellow (Puck) say in A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
Time passes, as time always does. I open the Qur’an. My eyes light upon the following passage – aayat:
Fa-tabaarakallahu ahsanul khaaliqween.
Paraphrase: Blessed be the most wonderful and beautiful of all designers and creators!
And I say: Alhamdulillah!
© 2012 Syed Husain Pasha
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