“It started with a machine gun burst from the north.”
-Army Sgt. Ryan Pitts — the ninth living veteran to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan — recounts the events that resulted in the deadliest single fight yet of the Afghan war.
"The way you use language reveals who you are, how you think, and how you work. And that will affect your career profoundly. You can pretend otherwise, but you can also walk around buck-naked believing you’re invisible because you’ve got your eyes closed."
We’re referring to microbes — a good bacteria that boosts your immunity, protects you from infection and produces the enzymes you need to digest your food.
But due to the overuse of antibiotics, C-sections and modern sanitation, humans in the U.S. have lost a third of their microbial diversity, mostly on their skin and in their stomachs and digestive tracts.
"Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of imagination, for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable. This, my friends, is the crux of our solitude.”