This article is also my Catholic Free Press column this week (print only), and the generous editors, Deacon Mike Bickerstaff and Randy Hain, published it online at The Integrated Catholic Life™.
Every springtime when the leaves reappear, I remember something profound I once said. I was a doctoral candidate at Penn State University, and our research group was dining outside on pizza and Corona® at our Friday afternoon spot. I wondered aloud, “Do you think people know how dumb we really are?” Off-the-record, of course.
One of our projects was to artificially simulate photosynthesis. The contrast between what we could do and what the average mindless flapping leaf could do troubled me deeply when I allowed myself to think about it.