reply to post by rickymouse
Don't blame science.... When I first started studying biology, some of my lecturers went to great extremes trying to imprint that on us, pity so few
of us understood it.
But yes, I shiver when I hear some people speaking about getting antibiotics for a flu, or for any other virus-infection, and for all the
advertisements telling people to buy antibacterial soaps....
Heck, I had a hard time explaining to some girls as to why they get thrush..... (guess what, they were on antibiotics soon before getting thrush).
There are so many other things, one part of the scientists (and medical personnel and others) want to impose, that they refuse to admit there is
another side to it. Another thing is farmers and the chemical companies, telling them to use more pesticides, more fertilizers, etc ..... They refuse
to listen to other scientists telling them to use biological means, not to use monocultures, to use nature, to keep things in balance.
The bottom line is, many organisms (humans included) have evolved in a specific way, and our parasites have evolved with us. When we develop new ways
of getting rid of those parasites, guess what, they will evolve new ways to keep up with us. The more dangerous our ways become to get rid of our
parasites, the more dangerous they will become to keep up with us. The "red queen hypothesis".
We should just realize that we have evolved together, that we cannot live without those organisms (even though they may kill some of us), but that we
are not alone. That a whole bunch of organisms depend on us (even though we hate them), and that we depend on them.... (OK, we deny that we need those
organisms, and try to destroy them, but often further studies show that we need them)....
Bottom line is, we as humans are not apart from nature, nor better. We are part of nature, and to survive, we need to work with nature, and not fight
her. Humans evolved with nature, and we are dependent on nature. Humans cannot live alone, despite what some ppl would like you to believe...