I found myself thinking this morning at 5:30 am as I lay on the cushion I sleep on. You know that state when you’re somewhere between sleep and the mind realizing that in 5 minutes it must make the body get up to face another god-given catastrophe day?
Sometimes Many times when I’m in this state I think about how god screwed us (mankind) from the beginning. I think about all the rules that govern how human beings are, as a species. We started this game with certain things predetermined you know?
Environment that we grow up in (luck of the draw with the parents we end up with) and choices we’ll make about what we do with our lives don’t come until much later. There’s already many facets of the game that have been layed out for us… the rule book written from beginning to end. We don’t do anything outside of the possibilities that were already given us by whatever creator (god) started this game.
Part of the rule book god made states that… besides being at odds with every human being on the planet because of the pain-pleasure principle which I’ll talk about in future blog posts,
“Man will be at odds with his environment.”
There are many examples of this, and I’ll talk more about the other ways in future articles. This article is about our body temperature being at odds with the world. It’s a stress on the body from the time we pop out to face the cruel world.
I’m angry at god a lot of times. I think the game we’re all playing here wasn’t set up in a way that makes life nice for us… it’s not FOR us… this life is AGAINST us… we’re at odds with life… with the rules of the game.
A human’s body temperature, for it to remain healthy, comfortable, and at ease in the world needs to be very close to the 98.6 F mark of the thermometer. It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out that the body and or the mind is constantly stressed by this ideal that MUST be met over the course of our entire lives.
The earth expresses a wide range of temperatures across it’s surface. At the extremes of the poles the temperature is very cold – probably averaging around 0 F. At the other extremes are locations within the tropics around the equator where the average temperatures are over 80 F.
There is no ideal temperature in which the body is at a homeostasis or balanced state. Take a look…
You might think, but only for a second, that the body when it’s in an environment where the temperature is at 98.6 F is in the perfect environment. But then you’d realize that at that temperature the body is trying furiously to cool down.
WHY is that?
For some reason, and this is another rule God made… Human beings, and those that are “warm blooded” mammals like humans, create warmth as the cells of their bodies go about their normal routine. So, if you are sitting in a 98.6 F degree environment your body is also producing a lot of heat on top of that – regardless if you’re doing anything, you can be sleeping and your body is still producing a lot of heat. Since damage occurs to brain cells and other cells at higher than 102 degrees the body must self regulate through sweating and other means. So, in reality, at 98.6 degrees F your body is struggling to keep you cool and your mind is stressed out because you’re “too hot”. It’s not a comfortable state for the body or the mind.
Let’s look at another situation…
You’re sitting at home in your yard on a straw mat, or maybe at the beach. The temperature today is one of those 73 F degree days that feels just perfect. There is little humidity and you usually have about 40 of these ideal days out of 365 per year. No mental stress. No body stress that you notice… but, inside the body the cells are still producing heat. They’re working to keep the body warm because the cells of the body must not dip down much from 98.6 F degrees. Nearly every cell in the body must be producing heat to contribute to the 98.6 F ideal. The body is not at peace.
In fact, the body is NEVER at rest in the ideal temperature range – it’s always working towards the ideal. The ideal MUST be reached each and every day, hour, minute. It’s not OK if the body hits the ideal 95% of the day. It requires close to 100%.
Oh, I almost forgot… there are physical factors in the world that are changing and that are constantly affecting manking…
The temperature is one of those factors. The temperature is constantly changing here on earth. Not just between latitudes and types of terrain (desert, forest, valley) but from day to day, hour to hour… Here in Thailand we have nights that are around 65 F degrees. During the day it might shoot up to 95 F. If it rains in the middle of the day the temperature might dip to 70 F. Temperatures are changing all over the world, all the time. So, even if you were able to sit in the 73 degree environment for a day or so… a month? Eventually it changes. Bang, again your mind as well as your body is at odds with the environment, with the game of life.
What about the humidity? Humidity, the wetness of the air, has an effect on whether we feel warmer or cooler as well as affecting the body’s ability to regulate it’s temperature. Rain? Snow?
Wind? The “wind-chill” factor is something that profoundly affects us.
Sun versus clouds? We feel the sun’s heat through a process of radiation. When the clouds block the sun for an instant the body must change because it no longer feels that heat.
The body is constantly making changes to regulate the body temperature to be as close to 98.6 F degrees as possible. It’s constantly at odds with the environment.
It’s odd that God did this, putting us in direct conflict with our environment since reptiles and other cold-blooded animals like fishes don’t have the same problem. They are at home in their environment. They still need a range of temperatures in which they can operate as ‘living’, but they have a much greater tolerance for different temperatures. They are not at odds with the environment from day 1, they are more consonant with it – having no stress over it. But, when they exert themselves their cells also produce heat.
Since probably only adults are reading this blog I’m safe in saying that we all pretty much overlook the problem of being at odds with our environment all the time. There are times we’re cold or too hot and those are the times that we give it a little thought. How many times did you question god’s intention for creating the human body like it is?
I need to ask. WHY GOD? What the hell is the purpose of this, and every other rule in your stupid game? What is the point of making mankind suffer physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually every single day of living on this planet and playing your stupid game?
WHAT is the purpose?