Friday, October 27, 2006

Normal human activity

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As I've posted, the human body can be likened to a bowling ball atop a pencil. (What an image !) Unstable.

As a species we are wise, wonderful, wicked and weird.

The bodily functions are normal, yet sometimes regarded as talkable aboutable only in euphemisms "He/she relieved him/herself."

But why, if they are totally normal, are certain smells regarded as terrible. If you have ever been to an outhous, you know what I'm talking about.

Ben

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps it seems like a paradox, but the human body is actually quite stable. The "bowling ball atop a pencil" analogy seems rather alarming, but in reality the muscles in the neck, shoulders and spine do a quite fine job of balancing the head atop the body, and it is only very small infants who have trouble keeping their heads balanced.

The human body is capable of undergoing enormous amounts of stress (think of astronauts in space) as well as surviving terrible traumas (in one extreme case, a woman who fell from a plane at 20,000 feet survived the fall by landing in a pool of mud.)

It should also be remembered that with average life expectancy exceeding 75 years for people born in the U.S., we outlive almost every other mammal on the planet, some many times over.

As for the question about why certain smells are regarded as terrible -- well I could only guess that we humans are born with enough sense to stay as far away as possible from human waste, since it is so likely to transmit horrible diseases.

October 27, 2006  

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