From the Commander, Council of Kadosh (October, 2013)

posted May 30, 2015, 2:13 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 2:13 PM ]
As I write this article, we are receiving the first significant rainfall in six months. Rain brings back a number of memories for me. When it rains during the week, I have no complaints, since I work indoors. If it rains on the weekend, I can’t do my yard work. But I do get complementary irrigation, which save me both time and reduces my water bill.

Body of Water

The oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth's surface and contain 97 percent of the planet's water. They are the habitat of 230,000 known species. But more than 95 percent of the underwater world remains unexplored. So scientists estimate that over two million marine species may exist.
Humans are not among the 230,000 known species that live in the ocean. Many of them like to take cruises or they enjoy surfing, sailing and swimming in the ocean, afterwards they return to dry land.
Seawater is about 96.66 percent pure water plus 3.34 percent chloride, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, potassium, bromine, and carbon in sequentially decreasing amounts. By comparison, drinking water has about 99.91pure water. Pure water does not occur naturally. Even the highest grade of laboratory water, ISO 3696 Grade 1, which has no measurable amount of chemicals in it, may require further purification for use in molecular-biology experiments. 

Body Water

In physiology, “body water” means the water content of the human body. A significant portion of the human body is water. Arthur C. Guyton’s Textbook of Medical Physiology is an authority on this issue. Dr. Guyton states that:
“the total amount of water in a man of average weight (70 kilograms or 154 pounds) is approximately 40 liters (42 quarts), averaging 57 percent of his total body weight.
“In a newborn infant, this may be as high as 75 percent of the body weight, but it progressively decreases from birth to old age, most of the decrease occurring during the first 10 years of life.
“Also, obesity decreases the percentage of water in the body, sometimes to as low as 45 percent.”
First of all, it seems to me that 154 pounds rather underestimates the weight of the average man, or at least most of the men I know, including myself. So let’s begin with a man of 210 pounds (95 kg). His body contains roughly 54 liters (over 14 gallons) of water.
You know, if that were gasoline, I could fill my tank and save 60 bucks!
According to Netter's Atlas of Human Physiology, written by Drs. John T. Hansen and Bruce M. Koeppen, water in the human body is broken down into the following “compartments”:
  • Intracellular fluid or “cytosol” is a complex mixture of substances dissolved in water. It accounts for 2/3 of body water. That’s about 36 liters (95 gallons) of water for our manly specimen.
  • Extracellular fluid, that is fluid outside of the body’s cells, accounts for 1/3 of body water.
  • Plasma is the pale-yellow liquid component of blood that holds the blood cells in suspension. It makes up about 55% of total blood volume and, in the case of our guy, consists of 3.6 liters (3.8 qt) of water.
  • Interstitial fluid is a solution that bathes and surrounds the cells of multicellular organisms (anything more complex than bacteria) is found in tissue spaces and, in our sample, includes 14 liters (14.8 qt) of water.
Trans cellular fluid is contained within epithelial (tissue) lined spaces. Examples of this fluid include cerebrospinal fluid, gastrointestinal fluid, ocular fluid, joint fluid, and bladder contents. Together these amount to about 450 mL (15 fl oz.) of water.
OK, so what does this discussion of water have to do with anything?
Thales of Miletus, whom Aristotle regarded as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition, developed a cosmological thesis about the nature of matter suggesting that water is the originating principle of nature. 
From the other side of what was then (around 600 BCE) the known world, in the Holy Bible we read:
“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged 
fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
“And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.” - Genesis 1:20-22 AV
2,400 years later, we have our own ideas about water. It is a commodity of which there seems to be either too much or too little. 
And if we have clean water in the right amount, we take it for granted. 
Maybe we should think about water a little more.

Daniel Doornbos - Commander - Council of Kadosh