Aging, Faith, Neurological Disorders, Philosophy, Time

Not Meant to Age

ACCORDING to some definitions of what a “Pathology” is, aging, or getting old, is a pathology; where the natural progression of the event leads to abnormal functions, such as a loss of memory, loss of hair, muscle atrophy, baldness, and a tendency towards certain sports like golf.

Of course, this is all relative. You could consider aging the normal progression of natural events, uncontrollable events, inevitable circumstances.

And therefore I think a solution, of sorts, is in the question: “What’s your perspective?”

Since, if you are an optimist you lean toward aging and the effects that come with it as being natural, and inherently, purposeful.  And as an optimist you’d also think that scar tissue that forms in the spinal cord after injury (SCI) isn’t just the cause for paralysis, but rather the glial scar is what protects you from dying of nervous system failure. Because as we all know, the nervous system is very susceptible to small changes in chemical balances, and the quick formation of the scar maintains proper balance necessary for your survival.

The molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the aging process are active. That is, as we age, our bodies purposefully break-down, degrade. This suggests a natural process. But, if aging is natural, why is there so much medical effort into preserving or retarding the aging process?

Well, just maybe, aging is unnatural. I’m using my imagination here, forgive me if go off the deep end for the sake of having some fun. What if somehow, our bodies were meant to go on functioning forever, and by some weird triggering-event we as a human species got knocked into a down-ticking clock toward our End.

What if the End, wasn’t mean to be?

The Merriam-Webster Definition of “Pathology“:

1: the study of the essential nature of diseases and especially of the structural and functional changes produced by them
2: something abnormal
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