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Our Bodies

We all have a body, a body that the scientists of various hues consider to be made up of four limbs; two eyes/ears, one mouth, four sensory organs; a digestive system, a brain, heart etc. etc. But is that all to our body? I do not think so, it is a very comple system. !lthough almost all human bodies look similar, and can indeed be treated for many diseases with the help of medical practices, they are indeed so different from each other. "ach tissue that makes up our body is like a community, that is infected with other co#mmunities, the community of microbes, known as microbiome, that is uni$ue for each body. !ge changes the character, the si%e of our accumulations that includes our e pectations, habits, preferences, memories, bacteria in the microbiome of our body that control our reactions to various situations to others around. &here are other kinds of growth of a body too, the number of habits, e periences, information, knowledge etc. 'ur brain which is said to be the seat of our mind that give rise to our emotions; thoughts; beliefs; memories. . We all know very well how much different are they in each one of our bodies. "ven though two brains are made up of very similar cells and their similar number, they can and indeed most often are very different as is revealed by their capabilities, their strengths and weaknesses. "ven in case of two diseased brains of siblings of the same family that have undergone education in the same institutions under same teachers. (ertain feature, traits help other bodies to identify ourself, &hey constitute the character of our body. &he character includes besides the te ture of our skin, its comple ion the way one moves different parts of the body relative to other, the walking style, the smile or the wink. &his character also includes how one can relate to other bodies, the relationship it can foster that depend on its

beliefs, attitudes the capacity to love; to be compassionate; be kind. )ome bodies can indeed be more creative too. 'ur body gets accustomed to be in certain postures, standing; sitting, lying down or s$uatting. &he most common of these postures indeed develops various muscles and neural networks. !s a result, it develops some capabilities that are useful in some sport. It can also develop into some kind of disability as the body grows old. &here are some body postures which are not very common, but can help us remain healthy, for e ample, postures of some kind of yoga, which may be very uncomfortable when we start to do an e ercise, but soon it can lead to much better feeling. "verybody needs to communicate in order to survive. *ifferent parts inside or outside our body are communicating all the time. We know very well that a body communicates when it is in pain, uncomfortable or need of some nutrient. We all know how to cry or smile from the moment of our birth. ! newborn child cries whenever it needs feed or is uncomfortable. !s soon as it feels the reassuring pat of its mother when placed closed to her breast it stops crying. Indeed, besides gesturing like smiling and nodding, it is easiest to tell or to know through sounds. But a body can get accustomed to ignore some signals from a part of itself and hence develop a disease. &he science that deals with communications inside a body is called endocrinology. But how does one communicate with other human bodies, of course using a language. ! language in which the messages can be codified using certain symbols, some body postures or certain sounds, which only the person who knows the language can correctly decipher. Besides, our body can also communicate with bodies located far away, for that we often need the help of a technology; television, telephone, terrestrial satellites, computers, Internet etc which are based on our knowledge of electromagnetism and electronics. But sometimes some people claim that our body can communicate even without any such device, may be the soul is the instrument, telepathy, the communication between our souls++ ,obody is perfect, each one suffers from some disease whether physical; mental or social. ! disease affects the comfortability of the body. &he diseases that a body can be either inherited or ac$uired by accident. We believe that we can treat our body back to health using some kind of knowledge, medical or psychological. -any diseases are sometimes cured by learning to do some e ercises, like yoga. !n e ercise can help improve communication between the parts of a body and hence help it recuperate. &he consciousness of an ailment can often help the body to heal itself. Bodies that we are part of invariably; families;communities; organi%ations; societies, countries similarly suffer from several diseases that one is often unaware of. -any diseases of our body are a result of such

associations. 'ur body looks very often symmetrical. We really cannot see ourselves e actly as others see us, rather than the reversed image we normally encounter in mirrors. We look e ternally like basically left.right symmetrical beings. /et 0handedness0 . the preference of each individual body to use one or other hand for most skilled manipulations . is an everyday but intriguing feature of human life. If some nine out of ten individuals were not right.handed in this sense. (ontrary to popular belief, our bodies rarely grow up to be perfectly symmetric. In most cases the asymmetry is so mild one can0t even notice it without pointing. &he bodies of which our bodies are units of, the societies also e hibit asymmetries. 1ich, poor; powerful, underprivileged; educated, illiterate; Wise, fool. are 2ust a few e amples of traits that e hibit such asymmetry. -any of bodies around us, biological bodies can reproduce, that is they can produce an offspring, but only after they have matured to do so, that is after they have grown for several years. &o reproduce, a se ual act is essential between the two main categories of our bodies; male and female. &here are indeed some characteristic differences between the bodies of a male and female. &he main difference is the kind of se ual organs; penis, vagina. &he penis can enter a vagina and release a fluid that contains a particular kind of cells, sperms that can fertili%e another kind of cells in a female body, the eggs. We often have a feeling for the se ual act, this feeling is called se uality. )e uality plays a ma2or role in our life. 1egardless, whether we are young or old, man or woman, !merican or 3apanese, it is an integral part of what we do and who we are. ,e t to sleeping and eating, it seems that it is one of the most important drives we have. It takes up so much of our time in thought and behavior that it sometimes seems that every facet of our life revolves around this to a certain e tent. "dward )horter, a psychologist from 4niversity of &oronto once said5 63ust as our bodies tell us what we might like to eat, or when we should go to sleep, they lay down for us our pattern of lust, )e has always offered pleasure.6 "very body is worth something. &he net worth is a result of its accumulations as its life progresses. It accumulates microbes in its body, that add up to its microbiome 2ust like money in bank. &he worth is reflected in its value or price depends on what one has earned minus its liabilities. ! body is capable of earning not only money but also respect; love; care, knowledge. &his capability

depends on its structure, its character. )imilarly, bodies accumulate liabilities, because of behaviors like hate, anger, in2uries; diseases. &he total worth of a body counts in the time of adversity, a time when survival is crucial. ! time when money alone is of little help. 'ur body also reacts to many stimuli e ternal or internal. 1efle actions are a kind of internal stimuli to which muscles react to, while emotion of fear, grief and happiness give rise to tears, smile to some reactions on our face. &hey are 2ust like reaction to weather or an attack by an enemy to a society. )ome stimulus we really do not know whether they are only e ternal or internal, for e ample greed. 'ur bodies often feel greedy when confronted with attractive food, ob2ects of desire, we do not know whether the stimulus is some hormones in our body or 2ust conditioning through our environment. We all are taught and learn about our bodies from early childhood, but seldom really get to know it understand it. &he education is always compartmentali%ed, never integrated. !ll bodies, whether our or those of which we are a part, are in a dynamic e$uilibrium. &hey constantly imbibe substances from their environment, as well e pel many others, every moment of their life. -ost often they remain a mystery an unsolved pu%%le. We all can do research to solve this pu%%le. It can help us if we start approaching this sub2ect through a different route. It is very important knowledge and we better not ignore it. Rakesh Mohan Hallen