>An appendix

>What is an appendix?

The most common explanation is that the appendix is a vestigial structure with no absolute purpose. In The Story of Evolution, Joseph McCabe argued thus:

“The vermiform appendage—in which some recent medical writers have vainly endeavoured to find a utility—is the shrunken remainder of a large and normal intestine of a remote ancestor. This interpretation of it would stand even if it were found to have a certain use in the human body. Vestigial organs are sometimes pressed into a secondary use when their original function has been lost.”

Who is an appendix?

Things/people/phenomenon with no absolute purpose who vainly endeavour to find a place of utility for themselves in your life but are merely the shrunken remainder of that purpose. This interpretation would stand even if it were found to have a secondary use in your life. Such things/people/phenomenon are sometimes pressed into a secondary use when their original function has been lost.

You can ignore an appendix for as long as it does not turn into a painful appendicitis, but once it does, it has to to be removed and happily so: the removal not only relieves you of pain but also leaves no side effects.

I’m only waiting for the pain to get sufficiently unbearable to get rid of the appendix in my life.

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  1. >An appendix to the last post? :)Sometime back me too had done some reading on this ‘useless’ organ, and guess will leave some trivia. Some consider it as part of the immune system since it is rich with lyphatic tissue that produces antibodies. Some argue that the purpose is to sterilise the feaces, as its secretion comes directly into the colon. Appendicitis generally happens when the duct is blocked, and the block is called faecalith, which literally means rock of faeces! Shit happens! But sometimes it heals by itself 🙂

  2. >Heh… I have a vague idea about what this is.Hopefully it’ll expand to fill in its purpose.Nevertheless, most probably you’ll happily operate it out.And… (hopefully again), no scars will be left.Ah… but that’s a different type of ailment…

  3. >Hey I hope you get rid of this appendicitis from your life, in whatever way you refer it to. Somehow i get the feeling that you aint reffering it to the vestigial organ in real sense. May be wrong though.

  4. >@Dinesh: Thanks :)@Jubin: Maybe I put the posts in the wrong order. The last post seems to be an appendix to the problem that’s become my appendicitis! And your detailed description of the function of the appendix may have put off many, but it does fit the situation.@Prince: I hope so too. But this surgery is being postponed indefinitely for now.@Superunknown: You were right at the first guess. And I so wanna get rid of this painful appendicitis.@Neo: Exactly!

  5. >i left a comment on ur blog yesterday…but it dint come :(well, all i can say is ur write ups are very well written and im sure a lot of people can relate to it.

  6. >@Andrew: Yes, I love the metaphor too. The analogy, maybe :P@Nisha: Awful! I love comments and I hate it when they get lost 😦 Thanks, anyway 🙂

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