What you have to do is work with the raw material you have- namely you- and never let up.
Helen Gurley Brown
There is a question floating around on the social media, Facebook, e.g., that asks, “If you had a superpower, what would it be? Usually, there is a list of things the original poster thought could be classified as a superpower, but I don’t remember ever seeing the power to heal on any of the lists. That is the power I would like to have.
As with every ability, there is a question of ethics attached to the use of it. Do you heal only the worthy? Say someone from this age is transferred back in time, with a full knowledge of what is to be, say back to the time and place of Adolph Hitler’s birth. This baby, who is going to grow up to be one of the greatest, and most heinous murderers of all time, is dying. Only you can save this baby. Do you save this baby?
If you choose to save it, what responsibility is upon you, for the evil it commits? If you choose not to save it, using your knowledge of the future, as a rationale, have you violated the purpose of the gift, which did not come with restrictions? Through either choice, you are effecting history. If by healing baby Hitler, you allow an evil you know will happen, and thus assume responsibility for, at least, some of the evil committed, would you be responsible for every evil (and good) in an alternate history, of which you would have no knowledge? What if, though it might be impossible to imagine, in Hitler’s case, that the alternate evil is worse than the evil you know? Do you have the right to make a judgement of to heal, or not to heal, a baby Hitler, unaware of the consequences of a choice not to heal?
How, supposing that “the common good” is the rationale you use to heal or not to heal, do you decide what the common good is? It is quite possible that choosing to heal, with the knowledge of what that healing will allow, is eventually more a common good than the results that would ensue from not healing.
To heal, or not to heal, that is the question.
Maybe the answer is answered in an alternate Universe.