I’m back to blogging again! Now I wonder if anyone has missed me. 😉 The opening week of the 2nd semester has just kicked in and already I’m swamped with all sorts of academic and non-academic work. Just today, I came from two meetings that really drained away a lot of my brain juice. Who knew keeping a volunteer organization running smoothly was like planning for a trip to the moon. It’s just a relief that a migraine has not settled in else, this blog would’ve remained idle for yet another day.
Out of all this, a single word remains constantly playing in my mind: organize. It’s the only way to survive this semester unless I let go some of my preoccupations; the Lasallian volunteers, school politics, advocacy work, doing my laundry, keeping this blog going and a host of other things. Unfortunately, I’m not inclined on shaving off a few of these workloads, for how could I? I thrive on this sort of action. The pressure, the challenge, the frustrations among some are all worth it considering the new people I meet and work with along the way, the things we accomplish and the rewards (perks and currency just to name a few) that come at the end of it all.
Still, that word rings in my mind: organize.
For this I was contemplating on getting my own organizer, not a PDA which would cost me a semester’s tuition, but rather a simple good ‘ol fashion paper notebook. Speaking of which, I can’t wait for the moleskine notebooks I’ve ordered to arrive. And that’s what keeping me from rushing out to get a personal organizer. 😀
What a joy it would be to organize my current life with a moleskine notebook? Wee! I’m just so excited. However, have you ever wondered how life itself is organized? “Not exactly a soup question is it?” As Sean Connery once said in the great film, “Finding Forrester.”
Going back to the question, how, or more to the point, can life be organized? Another soup question I suppose but before we go off on some philosophical or otherwise discussion, let’s be practical, sensible and scientific about it just this instance.
Biology would be a good start, as we attempt to put meaning or organized sense into life, for nothing could be far more complex and mind-boggling as it is.
Fortunately and a surprise maybe for some, life’s complexities start from something none of us has barely seen with our naked eye. Atoms, yes those tiny tiny tiny tiny microscopic things that make up everything in this universe. This is the most basic element or organization of life.
Now you take some atoms, combine them and you end up with molecules. A level of organization more complex than the atomic level. The most well-known of which is water. H20, meaning two atoms of Hydrogen and a single atom of Oxygen.
These molcules, both organic or inorganic, when grouped together and arranged in a particular way would give rise to a cell. The structural and functional unit of all living things. Life.
We move towards a higher level of complexity and we would now have tissues. A group of cells with a common function and structure.
Take these tissues, mostly similar of course, organized them again in particular way, what you get is an organ. Made up of tissues that functioning together for a specific task. Care for a liver transplant? Perhaps donating one of your kidneys to hospital.
These organs by themselves can do wonders on their own, but unfortunately, no living thing can exist solely as an organ so inorder to achieve that we must move on to the next level of complexity and organization; take some several organs and make them work together, you get an organ system. Imagine if the penis was not part of your urinary system.
Moving on, simply take some various organ systems and you’ll end up with an organism. Like a fly, mango tree and the one reading this entry.
Of course, “birds of the same together; flock together” rings true of this next level of organization; population. Organisms of the same kind, or species living in a particular area.
“No man is an island” they say, and it would most certainly be boring on this planet if every other organism would disappear and we’re left of only one; snails. So you take a population, put along side another population, sooner or later they are bound to interact, greet each other, howl at the moon etc. we now have a community. Interacting populations in a given area.
Communities are not floating in nowhere, they are found in a physical environment, be it the oceans, rivers, grasslands even the intestines of man. We now have an ecosystem.
To wrap things up, ecosystems throughout the planet give rise to the biosphere. Regions of the Earth’s crust, waters and atmosphere inhabited by living things.
There you have it, how life is organized. Now I’m off to organize my something necessary for my life, my laundry.