Life is Precious
I've been reading “The Body: A Guide for Occupants” by Bill Bryson. The human body is an amazing piece of engineering, that's for sure.
Take cartilage for instance. Our body grows it, but can't repair it. It has a friction coefficient lower than ice. Hockey skaters would skate 16 times faster on cartilage than on ice.
Another interesting thing to consider is that everything we know about the world is provided by an organ that has never actually seen the world. The brain sits in a dark, protected shell accepting inputs from the body and interpreting those inputs. Odd to think.
It's amazing how resilient the body is, yet how many things can kill us. Bryson writes:
There are thousands of things that can kill us—slightly more than eight thousand, according to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems compiled by the World Health Organization—and we escape every one of them but one.
That's all. Just contemplating the fragility of life. Stay safe folks.
Day 11 of 100
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