As I have been delving into various topics in Biology and Psychology while studying for the MCAT, I can’t help being reminded what an amazing thing the human body is. From intricate cells with numerous organelles each performing a specific function to the higher centers of the brain responsible for our memory and emotions to immune cells that fight off infection. I just cannot help marveling at how coordinated the functions of the body are. And it reminds me again and again of the magnificence of God’s creation. How can the lens of the eye adjust itself to focus on a distant object? How do the hair cells in our inner ear result in a signal that allows us to hear sound? How do the smells going into our nose interact with memory centers in the brain such that a simple smell can bring associated memories rushing back to us? (Remember how happy you feel when you smell something that reminds you of Grandma’s cooking or the milky scent of your baby’s clothing?) It is truly mind-boggling how complex and yet beautifully coordinated the body is.
The body is also such a powerful symbol of our society and our need for each other, just as the different parts of the body work together to create a functioning human being. The body and society do not always function as they should and there will often be differences of opinion but our lives are made more colorful by the unique people around us who continually teach us something new and help us to be better.