Whoever, or whatever, designed us must have been working on a Friday, because his, hers or its mind was obviously on the weekend.
I’ve rather lost faith in God, or Evolution. To quote the lyrics of Spirit, “O, O something went wrong – you’re much too fat and a little too long.” The older I get, the more aware I become of the design flaws.
I’m not talking here of damage caused by trauma or disease, nor of problems caused by ourselves and our lifestyles. There are, also, major difficulties caused by built-in obsolescence, but I’m ignoring those as well. I’m talking about fundamental things that would normally result in us taking ourselves back to the manufacturer.
Let’s start with the spine, because, at this very moment, I have a chronic lower back pain. Backache is unique to humans because we walk upright. Our spines are not really constructed to cope with the stresses this posture creates. The simple design solution would be to lengthen our arms, so that we had a choice, as chimpanzees do. And there are added advantages to having longer arms.
The reproductive systems are atrociously designed. Why put testicles on the outside? The inside of the body is a constant temperature, so why not put them in there, where they will be protected and cosy? It would look better, too!
And why should menstruation hurt? What possible purpose does that serve? We should be designed like marsupials, so our babies could slither out, nice and small, and then climb into a little bag to finish off their gestation.
An eye in the back of the head would be an improvement, and would have great survival advantages, as well as making parenting a lot easier. Why do we only have two eyes and two ears when, quite obviously, more than two would be an improvement?
If we’re going to start playing God with genetics, these are the things that need sorting out first. And don’t get me started on the brain . . .