Submitted by Jud Miller
Dr. George Crane said,AAny machine, whether the human body or an automobile, will obviously wear out sooner if it is overworked, mistreated, improperly lubricated or fed chemicals that leave a residue of carbon around the valves! So, treat the marvelous human machine far more carefully than you would a Rolls Royce!@
Would we put cut-rate gasoline into a high performance engine? Would we neglect oil changes? If our car developed a ping under the hood, would we say to ourselves,AI=ll give it a few weeks to see if it won=t go away on its own?@ Yet how often do we do that with our bodies? We witness the phenomenon, all too frequently, of vehicles in the hospital parking lot that are maintained much better than are their owners, lying beyond repair, in the hospital beds inside.
There is not, nor will there ever be a piece of machinery or technology, made by man, that can compare to the human body. Consider the eye, that can transform an image on the retina, formed from light waves projected there, into a meaningful association in the posterior brain, whereby we can see our world and the exquisite detail of color and form. Can anything be more marvelous? Miraculous? And for lunch, some of us feed this delicate instrument a Coke and a bologna sandwich.
Hopefully, most of us know better than that, but we all benefit by reminding ourselves, from time to time, how wondrous this organism really is. Just as we would not ignore the owner=s manual for our new high performance car, shouldn=t we reread, from time to time, the owner=s manual we were given for our bodies, found in section 89 of the Doctrine & Covenants? The AManufacturer@ of our bodies wrote it, and by following its Ado=s@ (most of us already live its Adon=ts@), our quantity and more importantly our quality of life will increase.
Faculty/Staff Bulletin--October 23, 1997