I wouldn't call it an infestation.
Life is Life. Whether its fungus or humans, life will find a way to survive, thrive, and evolve.
Thats how life works. Its a destructive process, but everything in this universe involves some kind of destructive transformation.
The stars, like our Sun, that produce energy for life, engage in a process of massive destruction of nuclear fission and fusion. That destruction
gives birth to life sustaining energies that fuel plants and through them, in another destructive process, fuel animals. In turn predators are fueled
by the animals that feed on the plants.
None of this life would exist without Iron, which again results from destruction.
The death of a massive star, a supernova, provides the heavy elements needed for life.
These supernova are among the most destructive events in the cosmos, yet they herald the birth of life.
Without the deaths of many stars, there would be no life.
Humanity, Homo Sapiens Sapiens, emerged on this world in a time of dramatic climate change that destroyed thousands of species and entire ecosystems.
Various other hominid cousins from Neandertals and Archaic humans, such as Cro Magnon man, ceased to exist. Their annihilation and the annihilation of
various superpredators of the Pleistocene allowed modern humanity to survive and dominate.
Three mass extinctions lead to the rise of modern man and human civilization.
The Oldest Dryas, around 13,000 BCE, gave rise to our best friend who has been here literally since our beginning, the Domestic dog. They hunted with
us, fought with us, lived with us and died with us. Its a bond we share with no other species. Without them we could have never became the
superpredators that would dominate this world.
The Older Dryas, around 10,000 BCE, gave us the Neolithic Revolution, the transition from hunter gatherer to shepherd and farmer.
The last was the Yonger Dryas followed shortly after the Older. Something phenomenal happened to humanity. Some speculate it was an impact from the
stars that devastated North America and in the aftermath, the prehistoric American Great Glacial Lakes Agassiz and Ojibway drained into the Atlantic
in cataclysmic flooding, some of it moving at 80mph that carved their way into the ocean. The freshwater is thought to have disrupted the planet's
thermohaline circulation in the oceans, producing rapid and devastating climate change.
Once again, humanity adapted and overcame.
On the bank of the Euphrates River, in what is today northern Syria, a band of humans facing severe drought in the aftermath of the Younger Dryas,
irrigated and cultivated rye changing our world and our species forever. Shortly afterwards other cultures would begin to farm and the first human
city, Jericho would rise.
It wouldn't be the last cataclysm for humanity to face, but it was the last rapid mass extinction.
Even in the cataclysms that followed, civilization survived and rebuilt. Each catastrophe, spurred new development and new ideas.
Less than 1000 years ago, 1250 CE, the Mongol Conquests, the Little Ice Age, and the Bubonic Plague wiped out at least half of all humans on earth. In
the aftermath the Renaissance began.
In the era of World War, 1914-1945, again humanity adapted and evolved technologically after the deaths of tens of millions.
Now, the human race, stands again on the verge of another threshold, the Singularity.
Many will die. Nations will fall. Humanity will progress.
Life always finds a way.
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