On January 21st, 2015, a newborn baby, Leo, was presented to his Armenian mother, Ruzan Badalyan. She had no desire for him. She could not love him. He was born with Down syndrome, supposedly deeming him undesirable and unlovable. His father, Samuel Forrest, was not present during his birth, and upon entering his recovering wife’s room was stunned. Forrest, a native of New Zealand, held a very different perspective towards his son. The father had such great love for his little boy and claimed guardianship of him, at a cost. Badalyan gave Forrest an ultimatum: surrender Leo to federal care and remain married to her, or keep Leo and become divorced from her. Forrest did not waver a moment, he chose his son over his wife.
Badalyan’s decisions are largely unjustifiable, although the cultural ramifications of parenting a child with a disability may have strongly factored into her choice. Forrest does not share Badalyan’s Armenian descent, and thus could not logically identify under her likely culturally influenced decision regarding Leo (whether he would want to or not). Nevertheless, the public is conflicted in deciding where to focus its attention: on Badalyan’s cruelty or Forrest’s heroism in assuming his paternal role. Such conflict and questioning ties directly to the Doctrine of the Transcendentals, marred by the Fall of Mankind.
All that is good, true, and beautiful is classified under the transcendental triad. In Creation, there are abundant examples of this triad, but unfortunately, humans are known to spoil what should remain unsullied. Why? Many thanks to the Fall. Little Leo is good, true, and beautiful. He is an individual with Down syndrome. He is not a “Down’s baby.” His mother stigmatized him out of her own sinful and fallen nature, viewing him as imperfect and flawed. In her infatuation with sin, she also wanted her husband to suffer. Although it is unknown if Samuel Forrest is a follower of Christ, he certainly ascribes to the Doctrine of the Transcendentals unwittingly, viewing Leo not as imperfect, but as a gift. Whether the root of that gift is “the universe” or the Father God, he has rebutted his wife significantly, demonstrating to all that Leo is good, true, and beautiful – exactly as God would see him.