Dad’s Wisdom #1: How the Body defends itself!

1 04 2008

[Note: So my dad is my hero (CHEESY I know but look at the title of my blog). Without him, I would have been lost in this crazy ass world. He taught me everything: about all the bad things in life, all the good things in life, what to watch out for, how to act towards others, to have my own confidence, etc etc etc you get the idea… To me he is an inspiration (does anyone really look up to ‘some’ celebrities and say “fuck me, I wanna be like that tool”… yeah not really. So in this little series of my blog (that’s getting a strong readership of 56 bots and 1 live reader (i.e. ME) , Ill try and share some of the many many many MANY things he has taught me.]  


Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.Dalai Lama (If anyone happens to know “which” Dalai Lama said this,(I’m guessing latest but I wasn’t able to find evidence for it) can you please let me know? Thanks… )*

“Your body is like a castle.” – My Dad (even though there is no Wikipedia article about him, that does not make him less notable to me).


 Your body is like a castle son. In it, there you have all the huts, buildings, and folk. Surrounding this castle, is the wall. Stationed all around and behind the walls and outposts, you have the soldiers of your castle. These soldiers defend against the foreign invaders. But these foreign invaders, attack all the time. Barbariansrebels, brigadiers, thugs, hungry for luxury. They do not stop. Always attacking, always trying to find a way to get in. On occasion they succeed, damaging the wall, sometimes they penetrate deep into your castle. But your castle is strong. It is run by good leadership [I wanted to link to brain, but that would ruin the analogy 😉 ]. More soldiers are recruited, and with that, the foreign invaders are defeated. The prisoners are taken hostage inside the castle walls. Many are killed. The remainder are tortured and beaten until bits and pieces of them are left as a reminder of these foreign invaders. Their tactics. Their method of attack. Next time they won’t be so lucky as the soldiers, once immature, now remember,  and foreign invaders will need more skill to infiltrate your castle. But the foreign invaders don’t give up. They yearn for the life in your kingdom. They barely survive in the harsh conditions outside the castle. They try harder, they train harder, find new skills, change their identity, send in spies, and strike when you least expect it.

One day they succeed. Reinforcements are recruited to counter the large invasion. Messengers got sent to far away kingdoms, asking for support, and the recruitment’s came, in armadas. They crossed great lengths, through harsh terrain to reach your castle.  However the foreign invaders penetrate and conquer your castle, and no amounts of reinforcements will help. The reinforcements are newbies, they lack skill, while these foreign invaders are strong, resilient and ready for obtaining what they want. Then they get it. They become the new masters of the castle. They lay waste to it, enjoying the luxuries, multiplying, expending resources. In a twist, after all their abuse, the castle becomes corrupt, the structures weaken, the walls become weak. Other invaders from other lands want another slice of the pie. They fight, on and on until everything eventually collapses. In a twisted paradox, the castle is destroyed, obliterated. The original hosts are long dead. The survivors of the foreign invaders, few in number, regroup and try all again, on the brink of death, they will do whatever it takes to survive.


One more example (extrapolating from this wonderful analogy that my dad game me years ago before I knew what a cytokine, mitochondria, or natural killer cell is among many many other things) is when there are no major invaders. There is naturally the usual remnants of thugs and lone bandits and warriors, but they do not cause permanent damage. But sometimes, within the castle, there is disagreement, confusion, and the castle collapses within itself. What caused it? A foreign invader? A spy? No one can solve the riddle as of yet. The future, however is looking promising. Alchemists and Magicians are mixing new incarnations, new spells, all in the name of making sure the castle remains for eternity. When they succeed though, is another matter.


 So what is the best way to defend and maintain your castle? Here is the list of things you need:

1. Archers, soldiers and cavalry men/women

2. Good Management

3. Quality supplies; such as rust-free equipment

4. No smoking (OK I am going bad with the analogy just a tad bit here)

5. Community

6. God (OK OK, assuming a middle age atmosphere, before Darwin OK?)

7. Happiness

 -With that, while no guarantee, just might get you through a long life.

Remember… If things are difficult to understand…. Wikipedia it-er I mean SIMPLIFY!     

*PS. sorry if that question was ignorant, please correct me if I said something inappropriate in that regard (something about it all being the one person?)

*PPS. This is no ways exhaustive and 100% accurate. I am only human and my judgments might be more than incorrect and I did not necessarily link to the most correct of places (Feel free to suggest a link to somewhere more appropriate).

*PPPS: I am not a doctor & am I not even  a medical student for that mater. But it still doesn’t hurt to spread some common message around (eat less, exercise more, don’t smoke, stress less etc etc)…




One response

15 09 2016
Lucy Martins

interesting analogy. i wish you would elaborate more on the roles that cytokine, mitochondria, or natural killer cells play in the castle. i didn’t understand that part so well.

i believe one must understand what their lives are about first before they know how to protect themselves from the barbarians from outside your castle. reading this article in conjunction with yours may be of use:

thanks for the info.

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