Like a skilled workman, the cell maintains “An array of tools, each one finely tuned.”
Cells are equipped with sensors that recognize touch and respond accordingly. They can even reach out to other cells with nanoscopic tunnels and share parts.
Fans of H. G. Wells are probably familiar with his 1904 short story, “The Country of the Blind.”
It takes foresight to make complex tools and procedures that can restore the functions of other tools. A blind process can only see the immediate present.
Even tissues have to deal with the dead, and like everything else they do, they excel at it. The number of players involved in cell death is truly astonishing.