I was just looking back over some Facebook messages and came across a private message I’d sent a friend who was facing yet another surgery! My question for her, is this the point in life when the warranties on our body parts run out? Just an off-hand joke at the time but now that I think about it I just might be on to something!
Please do not link this tongue-in-cheek effort to amuse myself, and hopefully a hand full of readers, to any lack of belief in G-d. I often think to myself, the ability to create as complex a being as humans, and then have everything work automatically, miraculous! That we don’t have to consciously think, lungs breathe, heart beat, and feet move; all at the same time, it’s all automatic, a miracle in and of its self!
Just think about our brains, super computers, better even than my little iPad here! With one key stroke, which in human terms is a song, or fragrance, the smell of something cooking or a glimpse on the street of someone who reminds you of a long-lost love. Instantly, your memory bank clicks in, no having to enter HTML:// or remember your code, the information just appears.
Is there any chance that there is an expiration on our body parts? Back discs only good for 50 years, even if you studiously avoid any type of physical activity that may put them at risk, or as in some of our cases any activity at all. How about our lungs 60 years, maybe? As any woman knows there is a definite sell by date on our ovaries and it is strictly enforced! Livers, kidneys, even tonsils, which in our day only had about a 6 year guarantee.
Is there even the slightest chance, that as all new parents leave the hospital they are offered an extended warranty, and some take advantage of the offer and some simply stick with dumb luck! How many of us have thought in an appliance store “my last dishwasher worked for twenty years, no problems, why should this one be any different”, only to discover later that this one turns out to be a lemon!
Is it in the end, it is just a combination of genetics and good health habits? No smoking, moderate alcohol intake, exercise, and wise choices in food! Or is it just dumb luck?