How The Mental Chemistry Works-Part Two

As a nation is made up of a large number of living individuals, so the body is made up of a large number of living cells. The citizens of a country are engaged in varied pursuits-some in the work of production, in field, forest, mine, factory; some in the work of distribution, in transportation, in warehouse, store or bank; some in the work of regulation, in legislative halls, on the bench, in the executive chair; some in the work of protection-solders, sailors, doctors, teachers, preachers. Likewise in the body some cells are working on production: mouth, stomach, intestines, lungs, supplying food, water, air; some are engaged in distribution of supplies and elimination of wastes: heart, blood, limph, lungs, liver, kidney, skin; some perform the office regulation: brain, spinal cord, nerves; some are occupied in protection: white blood corpuscules, skin, bone, muscle; there are also cells to which are entrusted the reproduction of species.
As the viour and welfare of a nation depend fundamentally on the vitality and efficienty and co-operation of its citizens, so the health and life of the body depend upon the vitality, efficiency and co-operation of its myriad cells.
The cells are gathered into systems and groups for the performance of particular functions essential to physical life and expression, such as we see in organs and tissues.
So long as the several parts all act together, in concord and due regard to one another and the general purposes of the organism, there is health and efficiency. But when from any cause discord arises, illness supervenes. Disease is lack of comfort and harmony.
In the brain and nervous system the cells are grouped in their action according to the particular functions which they are called up to perform. It is in this way that we are able to see, to taste, to smell, to feel and to hear. It is also in this way we are able to recall past experiences, to remember facts and figures, and so on.
In mental and physical health these various groups of neurons work in fine harmony, but in disease they do not. In normal conditions the ego holds all these individual cells and groups, as we as system of cells, in harmonious and coordinate action.
Disease represents dissociate organic action; certain system or groups, each of which is made up of a vast number of microscopic cells, begin functioning independently, and hence inharmoniously; and thus upset the tone of the whole organism. A single organ or system can thus get out of tune with the rest of the body and do serious harm. This is one kind of disease.
In a federation of any sort, efficiency and concord of action depend upon of strength and confidence accorded the central administration of its affairs; and just in proportion to the degree of failure to maintain these conditions are discord and confusion sure to ensue.
The intelligence of man is the intelligence possessed by the cells in his brain. If man is intelligent and by virtue thereof is able to combine and arrange matter and force so as to effect structures such as houses and railroads, why is not the cell also intelligent when he is able to direct the forces of nature so as to effect the structure we see such as plants and animals. The cell is not compelled to act by reason of any chemical and mechanical force, any more than is man. He acts by reason of will and judgment of his own. He is a separate living animal.
The cell is an animal, very highly organized and specialized. Take the single cell called amoeba, for instance. He has no machinery with which we can manufacture starch. He does, however, carry with him building material with which he can in an emergency save his life by covering himself with a coat of armor. Other cells carry with them a structure which is called chromatophore. With this instrument these cells are able to manufacture starch from the crude substances of earth, air and water by the aid of sunlight. From these facts it must appear evident to the reader that the cell is very highly organized and specialized individual, and that to look at him from the point of view of being mere matter and force is the same as to compare the actions of a stone rolling down a hill with that of an automobile moving over a smooth pavement. One is compelled to move by reason of the force of gravitation, while the other moves by virtue of the intellect that guides it.

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