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Muhammad Jaffer 12/15/10 Reaction Paper #5: The Transformative Power of Illness Throughout history, illness has been seen as a great calamity, a punishment from the divine, and a terrible evil. But while disease may certainly be a cause of suffering, it can also be a source of tremendous relief. It serves as a constant reminder of our mortality, that our bodies are not invincible. Its complications teach us the impermanence of the world, and how the blessings we have today should never be taken for granted. In addition, not only can it help us grow, but it can also aid those around us to flourish into better people. But most importantly of all, disease is the harbinger of wholeness. It is the metaphorical thorn that pricks against the bubble of our preferences, until it explodes and unleashes our life force. Rachel Naomi Remen's Kitchen Table Wisdom establishes the significance of physical sickness in bringing about this mental and spiritual wholeness, and overall demonstrates that illness can indeed be a blessing in disguise. When I was in the fifth grade, I experienced a disease that left me hospitalized for several
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