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We, as a culture, take the heart for granted. We tend to think of it as nothing more than a biomechanical pump, yet another part that is controlled by the grand master of the body: the brain. But think on the sheer reach of the circulatory system: every single living cell in your body has a capillary close enough to it to exchange nutrients and waste. The trade goes beyond that: it includes vital information, from (don't) kill yourself to let's make another human to run, you idiot! In comparison, the neuronal network is far more rapid in transmission of information but less pervasive and less extensive in terms of the sort of information it transmits, to the point where even the brain has a need to use the circulatory system for certain deliveries and . It's the difference between the USPS and the Internet, with the Heart being the proverbial postal courier - "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds". All of our modern medicine doesn't save us from the simple fact that without our heart we are nothing - illnesses of the heart are still our primary downfall.

So take some time to be grateful for the organ which the Chinese call the emperor of the human being. Do not live solely in your head, but live with your heart as well, for it is the center of your being, that most faithful of organs whose untiring work allows you to exist. The brain may be more shiny, with its bright blinking thoughts, but it is the heart that makes you who you are. Don't take it for granted - show it some love too.


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