A day to learn something new. A day to revisit something old. A day to compare and contrast between the new and the old. A day to clean up the the attic of our head. A day to start watching glowing things with a new bright. A day to evaluate and appreciate the dark things as they are.
Never forget that there can be no shadows without some sort of light source which is being projected from somewhere.
There is a very specific point in the human nervous system that is famous, beyond its usefulness, for the survival and proper functioning of our body:
«-Cortile della Pigna-»
It is fascinating that the interior of the pineal gland actually has retinal tissue made up of rods and cones (photoreceptors) within its lining, just like the eye, and is also connected to the visual cortex in the brain. "The retinal photoreceptors are strongly similar to the cells of the pineal gland." The pineal gland even contains vitreous fluid within itself, just like an eye. - Dr. David Klein.
The first thing that catches the attention of this part of the human being is that it seems to break that symmetry present in us from head to toe.
Since we are basically divided in two and inside our skull: we have two cerebral hemispheres, two cerebellar hemispheres, two tonsils, two hippocampi, two temporal lobes, etc.
Just as we also have two eyes, two nostrils, two ears, two arms, and so on... In the human being, the pineal gland is an unique body located in the mere center of the middle of the brain, as we can see in the attached gif animation at the beginning of this post. A spherical body with some sort of pinecone shape, of about 10 mm in diameter and 150 grams in weight.
This tiny gland, although it also intervenes in functions of regulation of the hormonal secretion of the pituitary gland, the main task of the pineal gland (or at least the one that has gained the most attention) is to secrete the famous hormone melatonin, a hormone that participates in multiple organic functions, among them, the regulation of sleep and wake cycles, known as circadian cycles, through the regulation of our "biological clock". I wonder if blockchain bloggers knew they have a biological clock?
To perform this function, the pineal gland needs to "capture" in what time of the day we are. Roughly, it needs to distinguish between light and dark hours to regulate hormone secretion. How do this gland accomplish this? Well, while maintaining connections with the visual pathways.
One of the most prominent symptoms of pineal gland dysfunction is a change in circadian rhythms. This might mean sleeping too much or too little, also feeling active and restless in the middle of the night, or feeling sleepy at unusual times.
This enzyme is necessary for the catalysis of the famous melatonin and its activity is controlled by ambient light. In other words and specifically, the presence of ambient light tends to suppress its activity while the presence of darkness tends to increases it. Yeah, be patient! we are already getting to the whole point of this post. Can't you wait until the epilogue?
The whole point of this post, in principle, was going to deal entirely about something absolutely different from what you have read so far. But in the measure as I was getting excited about what I was writing. In the measure as I was progressing through my circadian cycle. And insofar as I was in my way to penetrate into the twilight zone of the day due the entire time that took me write and format this whole odd essay. The darkness and lack of sunlight came to hit me. Snapily as usual.
And suddenly, a new torrent of my natural N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) flooded me. Making me lose track of what I originally had the intention to write about. Yeah! shit like that happens. Very often, you know?
So, to conclude this involuntary raving rampage. Let's finnish this article with three main thoughts:
Night owls, like most of us here in the blockchain, seemingly are way more awake than the rest of the mortals out there.
If being more awake also means being more conscious, coherent and eloquent by functioning and working mainly throughout the entire night surrounded by the darkness and without sun light. I'm guilty!
And last but not least. For everything already mentioned above. It is that it still does not permeate fully into my head, that beings with three so advanced eyes are always refusing to READ a darn post from top to bottom. I dunno, perhaps I'm always too willing to learn something new EVERYDAY. Perhaps, I'm always on an overdose of natural DMT.