Outstanding article, Michael - Lucid, zesty, eloquent, hysterical!
Thanks for this primer and your extremely accessible writing!
My reverence of our part-fragile, mostly-resilient human body is mostly due to recently reading Bill Bryson's unputdownable "The Body". Some takeaways from it: 50% of us will have cancer at some point. Race is 2mm of the epidermis. We are born 100% human; we die 98% alien. Stretching out our DNA would take us beyond Pluto. Bones produce hormones. We now die of overindulgence and lifestyle.
I'd be delighted if you'd read my article of tangential thoughts and let me know what you think!