Infrastructure. Noun. Definition, the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (eg: buildings, roads, power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise. “The social and economic infrastructure of a country”. Infrastructure has become a popular topic recently due to the 2021 Infrastructure bill proposed to reshape the economy.
Bridges, tunnels, highways, power, water and energy facilities, mass transit and even waste removal are the very systems that support the functionality of our cities, country, and our economy. If that’s so, what is the infrastructure of the human body? Let’s take a deeper dive. There are 10 main systems in the human body, four of which are responsible for facilitating other systems.
- Skeletal system is made up of over 200 bones, it holds the body together, gives it shape and protects organs and tissues. It also provides anchor point for the muscular system.
- Muscular system facilitates movement.
- Cardiovascular system is a pipeline that includes the heart, blood vessels and blood. It also delivers oxygen, white blood cells, hormones and nutrients throughout the body.
- Nervous system is a communication network of nerve cells used to transmit information and bodily functions. It is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and many other nerves.
We can draw some parallels from the infrastructure of our society to that of the human body.
Therefore, it would be fair to say that if we can rebuild those parts in society, we can also rebuild those parts of the human body.
If reshaping the economy by creating jobs results in stronger bridges and tunnels, faster transportation, and more efficient water and waste management then we can do the same with out bodies. We can reshape our sickness to wellness and our wellness to fitness. We can build stronger bones via exercise. We can build a faster cardiovascular system by revving the engine. We can fuel our body as well as the high grade fuel we pump into our fancy cars.
So while we all have an opinion on the infrastructure of the country, it is time to all take a stand on the infrastructure of our own body. It is after all the one single thing we have control of.
Synonyms for infrastructure are basis, foundation, support.
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