Complex systems age and fail

I am reading “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande and although the book is great its difficult reading about aging when you are aging. I know we are all aging, some of us are further along, and I just need to come to terms with that, I think this book will help a bit, its just difficult at times.

Anyway, Atul writes that complex systems (humans) age and fail. And that complex systems often have backup mechanisms engineered into them, as an example we (humans) have two lungs, two kidneys, etc…and Atul also writes that “all complex systems fail: randomly and gradually.” I haven’t read a great deal of the book but if we are complex systems and failure is random and certain then it seems our mission is to fail graciously and make the most of the lives we have starting today.


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