Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Stop dragging my heart around.

I finally made it out to see THIS and I am all kinds of glad that I did so. I felt like I was in science class half the time and in some kind of alternate universe art show the rest of it. It's one thing to see what an arthritic knee looks like or even how small the bones inside the ear are ... it's quite another so see a once-alive-but-now-plastinated man holding up his insides like they're some kind of grand prize. I loved it. I urge you to gather up your $20 and see it yourself before it leaves, too, if you have any kind of fascination with anatomy. I think I'll go back and try the audio tour, too, as it's just a few dollars more. I mean, talk about one amazing 90-minute chunk of time ...

Anyway ... there is a theme running throughout the exhibit ... and it deals largely with the heart. And, as we all need one to function, it's not out of place, either. You can hear the sound of a heart beating through all corners of the building, like you're in some kind of educational haunted house. Various quotes are scattered on walls here and there, too, and I was able to scratch down a couple that are inspiring all on their own (at least to me). Maybe they'll help somebody else out as well:

"Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking." — Khalil Gibran, Labanese-American artist, poet and writer (1882-1931)

And, this second was more educational than anything else, but it's something that ought to be rewarded with some extra thought.

"To believe that the worst will happen is more significant than age, weight or heart condition in increasing your risk of dying from heart disease."

That's the last thought you read on the wall before leaving. To me, it's basically saying you can and will die sooner and quicker if you're a pessimist than if you're an optimist. I've always wondered why, if given the choice to believe something worthwhile or not, why others would choose the latter. I don't mind being a believer, not in the least. I want to believe. I choose to believe. And science has proven you can die sooner by simply being a sourpuss. How about that?

5 comments:

Jillian said...

Seems like an easy thing to do....

frog said...

YAY! Thanks so much for writing about that. I feel like I kinda have a sense now for what the show is about. I've been curious.

Lauralee said...

I'm still trying to convince some of my friends to pay the money to go to this. I think if they don't in the next month, I'll just go by myself.

ram said...

There is a degree of accountability which comes with optimism, and that burden is heavy to some.

aisy said...

my tix are for november. i can't wait.