posted on May, 20 2009 @ 09:43 PM
To the OP, you're a fool. You don't even know what the hell you're talking about. A virus? To even make such an analogy betrays the true depth of
your ignorance. A virus is an outside pathogen which infects a host. However, humanity was not specially created. We are not aliens, or god's special
perfect little snowflakes. We are a species of hominid, primates. We evolved from nature, and can only ever be a part of nature - no matter how we try
to delude ourselves or insulate ourselves within society.
It would be more accurate to say that humanity is a cancer, because cancer comes from the body, however - cancer is only ever been shown to be either
benign or malignant. It's not beneficial. So to say humanity is a cancer would couple with it a negative connotation despite the system that humanity
operates within only ever being utterly neutral in all regards to us. You could say that humanity may be more like a forest fire. On the surface,
forest fires seem horribly destructive and wasteful. However, if you look a bit deeper into the matter you see that forest fires are a regular and
necessary function of the ecosystem. It cleans out the old growth and dead waste, rejuvenating the soil with fresh nitrogen. Some plants even require
the fires to burst their seed pods and promote germination. In many ways, one could see the continual cycle of mass extinctions throughout Earth's
history as a natural pressure which ultimately enhances evolution by freeing up niches, separating and reducing populations, as well as pushing
existing species into new territories.
Who's to say that humanities effect on the environment is not merely part of some grander cycle of extinction and rebirth? We, through our
technology, are on the cusp of directed evolution by way of a fundamental understanding of the tetrinary code of DNA and Evolutionary Algorithms that
will allow not just sweeping evolutionary changes per generation - but multiple changes within a current generation. We will also, within this
century, give rise to a electronic biosphere that is capable of reproducing, evolving, and flourishing via robotics and cyberisation. It won't
replace the current organic biosphere, but exist symbiotically with it - merge with it.
The human body is an expression of DNA. Therefore, it can be argued, that what the body creates is as much an expression of DNA as the body itself.
This holds true whether you're talking about coral reefs or cities. Spider Webs or Subway systems. Insect hives or Industrial parks.
No, humanity is not a virus. It would be most accurate to say that we are an invasive species... and we merely do what all invasive species do.
Propagate and spread unchecked by natural pressures until such a time as the environment adapts to our presence either by our pushing out of native
species or adaptation of those species to accommodate us. No different than the Kudzu vine in the southern US, or Brown Tree Snake in Guam, or the
Cain Toad in Australia. We might be pushing out the Wolf and Bear, but the Crow and the Raccoon are getting along just fine. The Buffalo may not
dominate the Americas as they once did, but the Cow and Swine now flourish.
[edit on 20-5-2009 by Lasheic]