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The Origin of Life is Ugliness

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The human egg is gross looking.

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Just kidding. Eggs aren’t gross. I suppose most stuff at the microscopic level looks that way.

But I can’t help see this and think that half of life’s building blocks looks like a complicated, intricate weave of molecular material. And my half of the conception equation is just a frigging torpedo with a strange propellor sprinting in a death race.

I wonder if nature built us a little metaphor there: women hold, in a sacred, semi-penetrable ball, the origin of human life and men are meant to drill into it.

I need some more sleep, don’t I? Never happen.

Love and Rockets,

Charlie

Philosopher for Hire

13 Comments

13 Responses to “The Origin of Life is Ugliness”

  1. beta dad says:

    Why does it have shrimp stuck to it? I didn’t pay attention in biology class.

  2. Monica says:

    So if you don’t think about all the gross things associated with having a baby, it really is an awesome thing. This life growing inside a woman and then this beautiful baby is born with his/her own thoughts and personality. Pretty cool. But the videos of a sperm and egg are kinda gross.

    On a separate note, if you have no more kids, you might get some decent sleep in about 20 more years. (sometimes kids don’t move out right away) =)

  3. Manda says:

    Reminds me of a loofah.

  4. Entropy says:

    Is there not some level of beauty in all things created & imagined?

    Even a shrimp covered ball reminiscent of Mercury.

  5. Diana says:

    It’s so incredible every human came from one of those. There was a really cool youtube video I watched with my kids that had the whole conception (conception from the inside, anyway) to birth done with CGI. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvikQMfKPxM

  6. Diana says:

    Oh rats, that’s a blurry version. There was a very crisp one, I can’t find the link!

  7. Cerian says:

    Aw, come awn – it’s like amazing golden filigree. Better than a chicken egg. Even better than a Faberge egg: pretty, AND produces life. I want one.

    Oh wait, I’ve already used two to good (though brattish) effect … the rest hurt… and I don’t even want to use them. Meh, give me a Faberge for my fertility, and I’ll be happy.

  8. Misty Weaver says:

    Reading this post just reminded me of my favorite Updike short story, “The Disposable Rocket.”

  9. nonparentinvader says:

    looks like a cantalope

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