We are only beginning to understand this aspect of the life cycle. Much of the recent research has been driven by forensics: the precise chronology of various changes (from the spread of gut bacteria into the rest of the body, to the life cycle of cadaveric insects) can be used to establish time of death with surprising accuracy. Other aspects are pushed by medicine: we are only starting to understand the various microbiomes of the body, from our guts to our genitals to our noses, each of which is host to an entire ecosystem which interacts with the rest of our bodies in ways critical to our survival. When we die, the balance between them and our bodies shifts, and we see what those same bacteria would do without our immune systems regulating them.
Everything that happens following death is part of this cycle. Meat rots because bacteria don't have teeth; they're competing for the windfall of resources with anything from other bacteria to hyenas, and as they can't chase their competition off in person, they emit toxins which they're immune to, to claim that chunk for themselves.
To me, this subject has a particular beauty, because it's such a poignant reminder of our place in the wider picture of the world. Death is far from an ending; it is a moment where tremendous wealth (as life measures it) is suddenly unlocked, made available to a host of creatures. We are used to thinking about this when we talk about biology: a whalefall is a crucial event in the life of the ocean floor, a dead animal a bustling center of activity in the desert. But it applies to us as well. You can rest assured that the blowflies and ravens will cherish you just as much as they will cherish your neighbor.
Vive memor leti; fugit hora.
h/t for the link.
If you gauge the world and the people in it only by what you see on television or in the news, you might come away jaded, depressed and believing the world is filled with terrible people. This would be an inaccurate perception of the world since it is actually filled with far more love, beauty, compassion and self-less kindness than there will ever be the opposite - you just need to know where to look, starting within yourself.
When you find that joy, that inner spark of awe and gratitude inside yourself, every place, any place, is the right place to be. And when you share that inner spark with and for someone you love - like this young man did for his mother - then something of immense beauty is borne which outshines the glow of any one shining spirit alone. Such is the nature of love and compassion.
#love #gratitude #joyful #positivepsychology
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I think it's pretty clear...Republicans suck at (basically) everything from taking care of the budget to taking care of the majority of the population.
Though it's pretty clear where they do suck the most - they suck the big dick of the rich - that's a money shot all over our country.
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