(Make note that I am not sure whether this would be more suited to "Metaphysics and Philosophy"..since the subject might well span over to those areas
This is a mystery which makes me think for a while already:
OXYGEN is an element which is *extremely* damaging to all organic matters, eg. cells.
Oxygen is the reason why food spoils, bodies rot. It turns a healthy looking fruit ugly brown in a matter of an hour or two. We preserve foods by
shutting off oxygen supply, eg. by packing foods into sealed foil
Oxygen is so "strong" that it not only is extremely DAMAGING to cells and everything organic, it can even destroy Iron and turn it into a pile of
It had been found that so called "Anti-Oxidants" can preserve the live of cells, in essence "Anti-Oxidants" work against the action of oxygen.
Fruits/tea, vitamin C etc. being anti-oxidants can literally prolong lives since they prevent damage oxygen inevitable does to all living matter.
For me it is a big mystery and paradox that exactly this most harmful all elements is the same our body NEEDS to even live. If we, our brains do not
get oxygen for 20 seconds we are about to die.
Our entire body is made that we "take in" the extremely damaging oxygen and distribute it in the bloodstream to any single cell in the body. HOW DOES
THIS MAKE SENSE?
It's a "pervert" mechanism at work which at some point decided that one of the most harmful elements out there is at the same time the one we urgently
require with any breath. Why is that? What is the logic behind there?
It doesn't matter whether one believes in a creator or just having evolution do it's work, the result is puzzling no matter what school of thought
someone "belongs to".
If we assume a creator, why did he/she/it made us that way that we need something which ULTIMATELY kills us?
If we assume evolution is the driving factor where organisms adapted to their environment, the puzzle is not less perplexing:
Wouldn't it make much more sense if our bodies in millions of years developed a protection mechanism or "filter" of some kind instead which would
prevent oxygen entering our bodies in the first place? Why do we not require any other element from our atmosphere to "breathe" which would not cause
any damage to cells? Why from all things the one element which is poison to all organic matter?
What this means, simply spoken, in a certain way, is that LIFE ITSELF already has "death" programmed into it. While we require to breath and to bring
oxygen to every single cell to even exist, this fact alone is also the reason for deterioration and ultimately death: What makes us live is what kills
Anyone else see this as paradox and pretty bizarre?
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