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Lisa Magnusson: Also invulnerable moderns are deadly

How would you have died during the ancient times, provided that everything that happens in your life today also happened then? The question asked the american archaeologist Sarah Parcak on Twitter some time ago.

It was one of those typical games that everyone loves because it gives an opportunity to talk about himself. For my part, I needed only to think for a few seconds before I came up with the answer:

In every life the story through, they sat me out in the forest to the wolves.

been related to the handicap that I never even think of as a disability, because it is not handikappar me thanks to the tools that so, of course, always been there in my entire life.

I am so near-sighted that I do not see my own fingers when I stretch out my hand in front of me. I had not been able to be of any use at all in a single era before glasses were placed in the public domain. In every life the story through, they sat me out in the forest to the wolves.

bubble up in my twitter wall: a Ruptured appendix. Pneumonia. Whooping cough. Cancer. Depression. Asthma. Stroke. Diabetes. Hiv. At the time of birth. During the birth of a child.

And it hit me: I am often grateful modernity all over. For example, it is not a day without I think about how much I love having a dishwasher. This luxury fills me with joy, I ll never get used. But I think very seldom on the medicine's progress.

disrespect huge the face of all that's been achieved regarding the possibility to cure us and save our lives. Vaccine is an example. Some people ”believe” simply not on this idea, and, therefore, expose rather themselves, their children and all the others for serious infection.

As a collective, we can not be said to deal with one of the greatest and most important discoveries ever: the antibiotic. We are completely nullifying its potential by allowing this wonder drug is used a bit anyway.

So develops bacteria multi-drug resistance: they may be small and short doses here and there, get used to it until no longer bites on them. People are dying already of this, 25 000 each year just in Europe, and that figure is expected to rise to tens of millions the world over within the next few decades.

to be able to survive simple infections, diseases which we have hitherto regarded as mild? The obvious answer is yes. But it is not reflected in the legislation. And it depends on the eternal human inability to take in that we really are mortal. And to think of what would be able to take the life of us get past a fun play.

What helps, then, that the ancient motto was ”memento mori” remember your mortality? All that can remind us is long gone.

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