Day 22: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts...

Today’s Lesson: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts...

When you look in the mirror what do you see? You see you... One being, one entity, one person. But you are a complex system encompassing trillions of cells, 12 major systems and thousands of sub-systems. You are complex. Your cells are in a constant state of birth, organizing and dying, then regeneration. It happens continuously with no conscious thought. You are amazing. 

In any given system there is a principle of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. In a complex organization, there are no super stars that make it all happen. The heart is useless without the brain. The liver cannot say to the lungs, I have no need for thee. 

In Pakistan in 1998, I saw a kid about 10 years old, who had no arms sitting on the pavement on a busy pedestrian thoroughfare. This is not an uncommon sight in the 3rd world. Street life is teeming and there are few places to hide what is uncomfortable to behold. 

The boy was writing Urdu script in a school notebook with a pen between his toes. It looks like Arabic script written from right to left. It was a beautiful free flowing script. Passers by were putting coins and bills in his cup. He would have food to eat that night. In any given system, when one part fails, other systems can take up some of the slack.

It takes a lot of parts to make up the whole. Holism is a perspective on human health well worth considering.

  • The wound is the place where the Light enters you. Rumi.

Hope this helps.

Garey Simmons
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