[JUSTIFY]It was a very general after dinner conversation about nothing in particular. Somehow it led me to remember Munnabhai's classic dialogue in "Munnabhai MBBS" where he tells Circuit "Do you know how many bones there are in the human body? We never give it a thought when we go about breaking them, do we"? Shows how little we know and how much we take for granted without sparing a thought to this wonderful mechanism that was gifted to us. Talking of which brings me to that marvelous organ in our heads which is capable of such miracles. Think of it. :coffee Of course you would not be able to even start to do that without that brain. Think what all it is capable of doing. Talking at the very gross level i.e. the physical level, what perfection it produces in fine tuning various functions of the body. You are hungry. A message is sent out through the postman (blood) to the brain - provisions low. Need to get some more. Brain goes into action and triggers the hunger response through several complex biochemical messengers. You eat. Once you are satiated, the gall bladder informs the brain that the required provisions have been acquired. The brain again makes sure that suitable signals are sent to the concerned organs and that the person does not feel hungry any more. In the whole process, we are only aware of feeling hungry and stuffing our faces till we can't anymore. Forget being aware of all these nitty gritties that the brain is taking care of, we find it hard to even understand the process if explained to us. What if a tiny little malfunction of this control mechanism occurs? Well, VLCC would be celebrating and laughing all the way to the bank. :rotfl Have you ever spared a thought for how your temperature is maintained and you do not go cold or start burning with fever at the drop of a hat? How our metabolism and our balance with our surroundings are maintained? The various organs in our body with the help and control from the brain keep it on even keel. Think what happens if a little mechanism goes wrong. :spin What miseries one faces if one has problems with the pituitary, thyroid, hypothalamus etc? All this only to keep this physical entity functioning smoothly over 60-80 years with no problems. And we are not even able to manufacture reliable spare parts - not even the nuts and bolts - to repair these mechanisms should anything go wrong. Any attempt at repairs are only an apology in comparison to the perfection of nature. I think "all the king's horses and all the king's men, could not put the broken bones together again" would best describe the situation. Going to a more subtle level, the mind and its functioning, even experts in the field of psychology and psychiatry cannot explain the functioning of this entity satisfactorily. They can at best guess how it works, what goes on inside, try to find some biochemical mechanisms to explain the functioning. Let a small "biochemical locha" take place (Munnabhai's vocabulary) and we see the effects - depression, psychosis, paranoia, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, dementia ....... And there goes the person we knew while the brain functioned properly. There also goes the emotional entity who was capable of empathizing with others, loving others, hating others ..... We are then left no better than vegetables. And then this is just one organ in our body. Spare a thought for each and every system in the body - the perfection, the distribution of labour, cooperation, the clockwork precision with which they function without us even being aware of their existence. And then this is only one organism - the human organism. Think of the millions of such miracles in this world - the organization, the precision, the symbiosis of the various organisms and systems. Go further to reflect on the majesty of this entire creation (I personally do not think I am capable of even comprehending it) - the earth, the solar system, the galaxies, the universe, space ........:drowning Where do we figure in this grand scale of things? And then we sit with our little EGOes complaining about who said what to us, :rant how two strands of gray hair have made their appearance on our heads (boo hoo) and how that little bruise on the knee hurts (I am guilty of the same - so no judgement on any individual :hide: :bonk). And debate on whether there is a God or whether all of creation is just a "Coincidence" - an "Accident". Sorry folks if I bored you. :bowdown This is the effect food has on me. The surge of glucose in my blood sends a message to my brain that jolts it out of a stupor and sends it on post-prandial meanderings like this one. :biggrin2:[/JUSTIFY] P.S.: My sincerest apologies for the length of this snippet. I had some difficulty reigning myself in.