Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Eternal Mystery of the Human Heart

The human heart is a mystery

"When we understand every single secret of the universe, there will still be left the eternal mystery of the human heart." ~ Stephen Fry

Ancient Greek philosophers identified the human heart as the primary spiritual feature and most important organ of the human body. It was the source of intelligence, motion and sensation. From the heart alone, emotions like anger, passion, fear, terror, sadness, shame, delight and joy were derived.

Because the heart functions at the center of the blood delivery system, it's also central to life. The heart speeds up and slows down automatically in response to nerve signals from the brain. Each heartbeat fills the four chambers inside with a fresh round of blood.

The upper chamber on each side is called the atrium while the larger, more powerful lower chamber is the ventricle. They keep the body freshly supplied with oxygen and nutrients, as well as clearing away harmful waste.

More than just a mechanical pump, the heart is absolutely the wellspring from which a person's true character evolves. Recent scientific studies have shown that the heart contains neurons that can sense, feel, learn and remember.

Sometimes even one of God's masterpieces can become flawed. Arrhythmias are problems with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow or with an irregular rhythm. So how do you mend a broken heart?

There are ingenious devices engineered by mortals that are designed to assist our most vital organ. An implanted machine uses electrical pulses to coordinate signaling between the upper and lower chambers, and prompt the fragile heart to beat at a normal rate.

Now that I've received my titanium gift from the Wonderful Wizard, I must set the record straight. When it comes to making a difficult decision that screams logic and common sense, forgive me for choosing instead, to go with my heart.

Delight and joy are derived from the heart

The heart has spiritual features

The human heart is a mystery

The heart is central to life

The heart is more than just a pump

The heart is a wellspring

The heart is a masterpiece

Arrhythmias are a problem

Some hearts beat too slow

How do you mend a broken heart?

I choose to go with my heart

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