A few weeks ago, I commented on the stunning story of the recent “overcrowding epidemic” that afflicted the slopes of Mount Everest. The mass of people striving to reach the summit is putting the climbers’ lives at great risk. What was once considered such an achievement that upon completing the climb you would be knighted by the queen herself is now being attempted with such frequency there are too many people trying to reach its peak. And so it is that our penchant to do the impossible exposes our foolish errand of self-salvation.
Among the things that unite us as human beings, I believe one is our common desire to see miracles — to see the things that seem to defy nature, physics, and the limits of the human comprehension. The kind of miracles we like to see are things like half-court shots, last-second touchdowns, buzzer-beating jumpers, walk-off home runs, etc.