Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
Originally posted by soficrow
.A lot of H5N1 isn't killing the birds, even in Asia, but they're killing their flocks anyway. Maybe some birds have already developed immunities?
So, in your opininon is that a good or a bad thing for the whole H5N1 thing?
Or is the mutations where we will run into trouble?
Darned if I know.
Standard thinking (and history) says that virulent mutations evolve, and make diseases worse - or else, evolve to cause less virulent disease, where
the host gets to live to support the disease, in a symbiotic parasitic kind of relationship.
My own thinking about what's happening has evolved from righteous anger and near-hysteria about a year ago to a kind of peaceful acceptance of
nature's urge to harmony, now.
...Basically, I see the world as a complex system that communicates
with itself, where individual components of the system interract. I agree
with the theory that describes man and other living beings as 'superorganisms' that are composed of a collection of other organisms like bacteria,
viruses, and various microbes. I don't think this is a bad thing. I see microbes as the mediators between the whole (eco)system's various parts, and
the mechanism through which parts are able to interract and be
part of the whole. So microbes are the eco-system's communications system, both
messenger and message.
In this light, I see "disease" as the method by which we are brought back into balance, or harmony, with the larger system.
I remain PO'd that irresponsible contamination, pollution, and bio-experimentation has made this crisis of evolution necessary - but I can accept
At this point, I am most concerned that ill-conceived policy will call for killing off (euthanizing) sick people - instead of realizing that we are
looking at essential steps in an evolutionary process. And we do not
know which mutations, or "diseases," are going to bring us into balance
with the world we have created.
...This viewpoint completely contradicts the old saw about "survival of the fittest" - a worldview that sees everything as being in competition with
everything else. IMO - there is far more evidence to show that life seeks harmony through cooperation, symbiosis, and interdependence.