Fun the expressions we use, isn’t it?
“out of shape” for someone who maybe has too much fat, is unfit, etc.
But we can say the same thing about denatured proteins – in plasticized lipids for instance.
We can say the same thing about cells – in certain cancers, for instance.
“Shape is how we interact with the world, and shape is what happens as a result.”
Could Dr. Seuss’ book “The Shape of Me and Other Things” be the most accurate book on life ever?!!
Or maybe you don’t. And that might not be to your benefit.
Apparently the number of kids exposed to HSV1 virus has dropped. That’s not necessarily bad, but it does make them more susceptible to HSV1 as teens or adults (because they haven’t acquired any immunity to it).
Now before you turn my post into an ad for HSV vaccines, read this:
You see, the HSV bug can be extremely beneficial to its host.
“Herpesviruses descended from a strain that once infected a common ancestor of mammals, birds and reptiles. So animals and passenger herpesviruses have had more than 100 million years to co-evolve. It is possible that these viruses have had an important role in the evolution of human defences against disease.”
Our cultural programming dictates a compulsion toward “fixing” things that are “bad.” But our knowledge and insight is so narrow (and arguably getting narrower) that we shouldn’t pretend always to know what is bad or good.
As in everything else – let nature take its course.
Thanks to Aaron Schwenzfeier for the initial article link.