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Romance and Blood

The Greeks were known for looking for a unifying theory to explain how everything works.  Thales said everything was made of water.  Some other guy said fire, and someone said air.  Pythagoras said Apeiron or as others know it, Aether.  But we can tell that the underlying force of the universe can be none of these  just by looking with out eyes.  Not everything works because of these elements.  But I have a new unifying theory.  Much better than the theory of scrabble unified theory which does not explain why people who do not play scrabble exist.  I say, everything in the universe runs on love.

We had an early example in poetry about the origin of blood agglutination where two blood cells fall in love, Bob and Zoe.  Unfortunately, Bob is AB+ and Zoe is O and Bob is in Zoe’s domain.  Agglutination ensues.



But perhaps that was not convincing enough.  Perhaps there remains doubt as to whether the universe can be explained solely through metaphors of love.

I present, Act 2 of The Universe Runs Of Love.  Starring Oxygen and Hemoglobin.

Hemoglobin had just been born and had begun already looking for someone to spend his life with.  But he had a small handicap.  He was to be bound his entire life to a large vehicle.  The Red Blood Cell.  He knew it better as Earth.  Oh, how he longed to find someone, but the only inhabitants of Earth were other proteins named Hemoglobin, and to marry someone with the same name as oneself just seemed wrong to him.  He needed someone who was not a Hemoglobin, nay, not even a protein.  Someone who could touch him in just the right place.  And this place, there were 4.  4 binding spots.

Hemoglobin’s opportunity came when the Aliens descended onto Earth.  They were small compared to the  Hemoglobins, but the press made a great deal about it.  “First Descent of the Oxygen Since Last Century” was what the headlines read.  But our main character Hemoglobin saw something different in one of the Oxygens.  He didn’t see just an alien to yell about and make a fuss about.  He saw someone who made him turn bright red in love.

So he approached her.  And they talked.  And that night, Oxygen attached herself to Hemoglobin’s binding site.  But then, the next morning, when Hemoglobin woke up, Oxygen was nowhere to be found.  Nor were any of the other Oxygens.  But she left a note for him.

“Tissue needs me.  But I have a consolation for you.”

Walking into the room, just as Hemoglobin had read the card, was someone who had vaguely the same physical features as Oxygen, but was somewhat hideous.

“Hello Hemoglobin.  My name is Carbon Dioxide.  Oxygen told me to substitute for her, so I will accompany you until she returns.”

Try as Hemoglobin might, he could not keep Carbon Dioxide away from him.  Carbon Dioxide loved Hemoglobin very much and restraint orders don’t exist on this BloodCell.  They were bound.  And Hemoglobin was sad, because he missed Oxygen.  He turned a much darker shade of red.  Through a red color filter, this would look quite blue (blue is not just creativity, it is also sadness).

Many many years passed.  100 years passed.  And then, Oxygen returned from the sky, along with the other Oxygens.  Carbon Dioxide bid Hemoglobin farewell and fled to the sky.  Oxygen and Hemoglobin were once again together.  And Hemoglobin was happy once again and turned bright red.

Except if you know about the respiratory system, you will know what happens again that night and that morning and the next 100 years of Hemoglobin’s life.


Aside from the amounts of time that pass between events, this is mostly accurate.  The time exaggeration was used so that human readers can get a feel for the amount of love that exists between Hemoglobin and Oxygen.  Love that lasts through an absence of 100 years is very strong.  Let it be known, however, that Hemoglobin develops an even stronger bond with Carbon Monoxide, and she, unlike Oxygen, is not needed by Tissue.  This is what goes on in your blood, my blood, my cat’s blood, and even Jack the Ripper’s blood.  Every Hemoglobin protein on every blood cell.

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