Nature is amazing.
There are so many types of life on this planet alone, never mind throughout the rest of the universe. The diversity on planet Earth is astounding, from single-celled nanobacteria to the blue whale and the Pando aspen forest in Utah. Some breathe air, some breathe water, some live in the air, some spend most of their lives in soil. Some have fascinating lives and some muddle through what would seem to be dull, repetitive existences. I find some of the more interesting types of organisms living on Earth to be parasites.
There are many types of parasites, from parasitic worms such as tapeworms and roundworms to plants such as mistletoe and the genus Rafflesia (28 species with no roots, stems or leaves, only flowers that smell like rotting flesh) to animals such as the lamprey, the cookie cutter shark and the snub-nosed eel.
Though they exist in various orders of living beings, parasites have their own categories according to how they feed on their hosts. There are endoparasites which exist inside their hosts and ectoparasites which exist outside their hosts.
A trait that is common among all acknowledged parasites throughout the four Kingdoms of the Eukaryota domain is that they are unable to understand that their behavior is parasitic – or even what parasitism is. They don’t understand that other forms of life need to die for them to live as they do, they know no other way to survive. It’s what they do.
Some of these parasites contribute to disease in human beings. Until recently it was believed that there were three types: two, protozoa and helminths, are classified as endoparasites and one group as ectoparasites.
Today some of us have come to realize that there is another class of parasite that poses a significantly more dangerous threat to human life (and, in turn, to all life on the planet). Interestingly, it is a subclass of human beings. The initial infection manifests as a mental illness. Normally, a mental illness is identified as such and the unfortunate people suffering from it are treated with drugs and therapy. The more deeply infected are often placed in hospitals and given more extreme drugs and/or undergo cutting edge medical procedures.
But this isn’t so with this new class of parasites.
This relatively new group of parasites aren’t treated as sick despite the fact that they weren’t born that way. They have chosen to be parasitic. Seriously, they actually choose to be parasites. Is that the most revolting thing ever conceived in human history? They could use their complex brains, feel compassion and attempt to evolve along with other human beings, but opt instead to spread ignorance, hate, violence and injustice.
These supposedly intelligent beings could work toward peace in the world. They choose instead to profit financially. They could help provide shelter, clothing and nutrition for people who are victims of natural and unnatural disasters. No, they choose to horde their wealth. They could help provide clean drinking water and proper sewerage for everyone on the planet. It wouldn’t be difficult or put them in the proverbial poorhouse, but they choose to pretend that approximately 2 MILLION children don’t die every year due to a lack of clean drinking water and proper sanitation. And that’s just human children, never mind the uncounted animals that suffer from habitat destruction because they aren’t considered deserving of life’s necessities.
Decades of social conditioning by those who first exhibited this treacherous behavior has caused an epidemic of mental and emotional disorders in modern society. One result of this conditioning has been to create an acceptance of the existence of parasites among the human population, allowing this subclass to thrive. While there are variations among these disorders, there are certain traits common to them all: a fear-based ideology which has led to a dogmatic adherence to the religion of capitalism and character flaws resulting in reduced compassion and increased ambition. These character flaws increase obedience to the state-sponsored religion which rewards obedience as well as controlled ambition and suppression of compassion and the entire system feeds on itself (bringing to mind the saying “a vicious cycle”). It’s a form of cannibalism with the ownership class feeding voraciously on the hearts (courage) and minds (intelligence) of the majority of society.
Though these beings are definitely dangerous to the existence of most life on the planet, amazingly there seems to not only be an increase in acceptance of their presence, an increasing number of humans actually embrace the suicidal ideology they have imposed on many of us. Yes, this new strain of mental illness appears to be contagious. It has become a plague.
Have we reached the tipping point, the point of no return? Is there any chance that the sick can be rehabilitated or are we doomed to a sterile existence of obedience, hate and violence eventually ending in collective suicide? The people who control most of our media are afflicted, therefore their insidiously clever program of spreading the dis-ease seems to be unstoppable.
As dismal as this phenomenon is, I would like to end this with a promise of hope.
Compassion. Understanding. Education.
And hard work and patience. If we don’t set aside our many differences and work together we will not only commit suicide, we’ll wipe out a significant amount of other life forms who’ve done nothing other than what they’ve done for millions of years – exist without hatred or malice. And if we fail to stop this criminally insane descent into de-evolution, at least some life will continue to exist and other types of life will form from the extinction of humanity.
Yes, nature is amazing.