100 Reasons To Not Kill Yourself: #54.

When was the last time you really looked at your body?

No, this isn’t a PSA or a naughty post. I’m asking if you ever take a moment or two to examine your form. We certainly spend enough time checking out our fellow human beings (with one agenda in mind) but I think it’s safe to say that we rarely consider our own meat sack.

And we really should.

#54: The Engineering Marvel That Is Your Body.

Do me a favor and raise one of your hands to your face and move it back and forth (pretend you’re that fossil Madonna and do the Vogue dance if you want) slowly. It may not seem like much at first (tho the average teenage boy may strongly disagree) but the human hand has five metacarpals and eight carpal bones. A human’s fingers contain some of the densest areas of nerve endings in the body, and are the richest source of tactile feedback. They also have the greatest positioning capability; thus, the sense of touch is intimately associated with hands.

So yes, our hands are indispensable when it comes to coitus, but they’re just amazing. Period. You’ve got skin, blood, muscles (if you’re not me) veins and a skeletal structure that a dog would kill for; opposable thumbs rock.

As do our bodies in general. They contain 270 bones at birth but this decreases to around 206 bones by adulthood after some bones get fused together. I’ll say it for you. Ouch.

Cringing aside, we’re walking around in meat suits that truly are marvels of biological engineering. Sure, we aren’t as fast as a cheetah, as powerful as a T-rex was, or as nimble as a monkey, but we’re the dominant species, bitches.

And the state of the planet certainly reflects that.


So I’m a nerd. Sue me.


Our eventual extinction aside, our forms are truly magnificent and are capable of scaling mountains or simply taking us down the street. We use them to build everything from model trains to skyscrapers, and even other humans. We have eyes capable of beholding the great natural beauty this earth holds, the magnificence of our mates and even the ugliness our fellow humans are know for perpetrating upon each other.

Our ears can take in audio delights such as music (which we create using our hands, feet and mouths) and horrors that range from a baby that won’t stop crying for days or a fire consuming a city block.

For some of us, our mouths are the most powerful part of our anatomy. United States President Donald Trump uses his to induce both shock and awe while adult film star and one-time Trump girlfriend, Stormy Daniels, has used hers to bring pleasure to him and shame to his family.

We bitch and complain when they break down but personally, I’m always surprised when I see a senior citizen who has no idea just how lucky they are that their body is still functioning in the first place. We punish the shite out of our forms over the course of our existence and then react with shocking disbelief when they react accordingly. Yes, they are vulnerable to disease and internal failure that can drive us to suicide but even my mother found moments of clarity and joy as her frame was under attack from bone cancer so let’s focus on the positive, shall we?

In conclusion, if you stop and think about it, I mean really ponder, the human body is a work of art and should never be taken for granted. I could say something more profound and flowery here but it’s early as I write this and my particular carcass is tired as hell and needs some rest. And toast.

See you in the lobby, kids…

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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22 Responses to 100 Reasons To Not Kill Yourself: #54.

  1. Mark Myers says:

    Snarky giggles all around.

  2. I like the idea that the body is a work of art and should not be taken for granted. Super post, Hook.

  3. You know, this is a grand post, Hook. Well done

  4. Doug in Oakland says:

    This reminds me of what another Canadian had to say about it:

    “These fragile bodies of touch and taste
    This vibrant skin, this hair like lace
    Spirits open to the thrust of grace
    Never a breath you can afford to waste”

  5. My body malfunctions in a variety of ways that lead me to disagree with you. Depression, anxiety, vertigo, visual migraines, facial palsy, knackered knees… Not a work of art. A clever bit of evolution, yes.

  6. I pay attention to my form… as I sit for 8 hours a day studying, my form sucks and I am paying dearly for it… both in the sense of pain and $ spent on physiotherapy and massage. However, the form you’re talking about – it’s something I work hard to keep up. When you spend a significant portion of time “inside” other people’s bodies (nope… don’t go there), you really realize the value and importance of taking care of yourself. Great post, as always!

  7. List of X says:

    Yes, human bodies are works of art. Some are Michelangelos, others are Rubenses, and a few are Picassos.

  8. Jennie says:

    Well said, Hook. Wasn’t it da Vinci who recognized the body as a work of art and a miracle of science? So yes, stop complaining people. We’re mighty lucky.

  9. I like this one. Think of the trillions of cells and systems within our bodies that function automatically to keep us alive for decades! And you can chop off both arms and legs and the body will still live. Incredible! We live in these mechanisms that are self healing by design and renew themselves until we’ve reached mission complete. We need to do better for people who live with chronic pain.

  10. curvyroads says:

    We take our human forms very much for granted and we shouldn’t…thanks for the reminder!

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