Chess & the 7 – Dimensions of Life

“The chessboard is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the
Universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature
and the player on the other side is hidden from us”

(Thomas Huxley)

Our universe is in a constant process of deterioration. Our sun will one day burn out just like every other star eventually does in the universe. Our earth is not in the same condition that it was when our ancestors lived on it. It should be no surprise then, when scientists speak of global warming and its’ negative effects on our environment.
From the moment we are conceived, we as human beings also start the aging process. Even though we are just beginning to develop, our life “time line” begins and the clock starts ticking towards our death. Due to our genetic and socio-cultural inheritance, our faulty DNA 象棋 online continues to deteriorate up until an average age of 80 years, assuming that we do not prematurely die from other causes.

Don’t Get Old

My father whom I never seen sick a day in his working life, retired at age 55. He just turned 90 and it wasn’t until the last couple of years that when I asked him how he is feeling, he started replying, “Lousy – my shoulders hurt, my hips hurt, and my body aches all over – Don’t get old.” How do you respond to these words of wisdom – Don’t get old? The fact is that everything and everybody in this world is getting older each day, because we are in a constant state of deterioration just like our universe, sun and earth.

So if it is just a matter of time before I die, is there a way to slow down this aging process? Medical doctors tell us that by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, we may be able to add up to 20 -years to our lives. When I bought my Honda Civic new in 1997, the dealership salesman gave me an owners’ manual along with a maintenance schedule. Because I wanted to prevent my car from rusting and breaking down prematurely, I have attempted to follow that maintenance schedule for regular oil changes, tune-ups, new tires, and brakes, (etc.). My mechanic recently informed me that even though this car is now over 10-years old and I have put 140,000 miles on it, that if I continue to follow my maintenance program, I may be able to drive this car another 60,000 miles.

Other forms of life (animals, plants, etc), do not need to decide on and act upon a scheduled maintenance plan to adapt to their deteriorating physical forms and environments because their DNA comes equipped with a built-in maintenance system that automatically directs them on what to eat, when to sleep, when and who to have sex with, and where to live. As so-called higher forms of life, the DNA plan within every one of our (trillion some) human cells gives us the power to choose from a plethora of options and alternative lifestyle activities. Considering the history of mankind over the centuries, we know that whole cultures and societies have not survived the gene pool cleansing process because they did not learn to adapt to their environment.

If we do not learn to adapt to and maintain our lives and environment – we also will not survive the gene pool cleansing process (or your premature death due to ignorance, fear of change, laziness, and/ or stupidity – prior to the reproduction of all that you are made of). The point being made here is that we as human beings all need a maintenance program. The problem is that no one gives us this maintenance plan at birth. We learn some things from our imperfect parents and some things from our imperfect peers, teachers, and supervisors, but ultimately, it is up to each one of us to decide how we will choose to live our lives. This lack of a scheduled maintenance program, along with our faulty learning system, puts the majority of us at high risk for premature diseases, disorders, addictions, and a myriad of psych-social and cultural stressors.