Evolution Or Extinction?

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.

12 comments on “Evolution Or Extinction?

  1. Powerful insights and elegantly argued!

  2. Powerful was also the word that came to mind.

    Nature is, indeed, amazing. The parasite that devours its host cannot survive. If we-humans fail to rehabilitate “the sick” among us, we will “eventually [end] in collective suicide.”

  3. voting 4 U
    to represent
    countless number
    of sentient beings 🙂

  4. Thank you for the compliment. Personally, I wouldn’t use the word elegant. 😀 I wrote this as a science piece turned social commentary. I tried to make a compelling case for us to examine ourselves and decide if we think this predatory system we’ve developed is worth continuing or if we should decide to continue evolving and possibly become civilized. I didn’t name names, but we all know who the worse offenders are.

    Hopefully, the hard work of talented, compassionate people will awaken enough people and get them to stop supporting murder and suicide.

  5. Like I wrote in the reply to Carol, hopefully enough people will awaken from this nightmare of living death and embody principles of love and compassion instead of self-serving greed, hatred and intolerance.

    Thank you for the comment. The tireless work people like you, Carol, smilecalm, Robert Vella, Moorbey’s Blog and others do help enlighten people – hopefully enough to avoid destruction of life as we know it on the planet.

  6. 😃 I’d prefer enlightened people to make a more significant presence in society today, but thanks for the vote of confidence. 😆


  7. Quote: “I’d prefer enlightened people to make a more significant presence in society today” Would you care to elaborate on that? Not sure what you mean.

  8. It was a reply to the third comment on the post, by smilecalm, an amazing person. He said,

    “voting 4 U
    to represent
    countless number
    of sentient beings 🙂”

    I was saying that I’d rather see us represented by enlightened people rather than myself. While I’m not the type of person spreading hate, greed and injustice like those who support a terrorist organization like the GOP, I’m far from enlightened. I get angry every time I see or hear the name of the psychopath residing in the White House. And I get frustrated at the lack of compassion for not only people around the world, but for animals. It especially hurts me that some animals are collected in prisons simply so people can eat them. And I still haven’t been able to personally reach out to people who continue to support the monstrous regime in power here in the U.S. I’m struggling to heed my own advice.

    Thank you very much for visiting my site and commenting. I appreciate my essays being read. 🙂

  9. OK, I got that. Now I have another question for you, and that is, what, in your view, is, or would be, an enlightened person, or being? You would be addressing her/his character, yes?

  10. I’m not sure if I can answer that question to your satisfaction, but I guess I would say an enlightened person is someone who can remain peaceful under any personal circumstances, accept what the universe provides her/him without a thought to complain, who can flow like water avoiding obstacles without much effort and who can find love in anything she/he does. Something like that. I don’t normally describe the idea in details.

  11. Wow, that would be an enlightened person but I agree with you! I think most of us live inside a slingshot with our emotions constantly propelling us out of the little leather pouch. For myself, I think I’ve managed to find a way to remain within the pouch even when the sling is released, so that’s something. At least no one gets hurt and I get to think about my reasons for allowing my emotions to get me so stirred up.
    This part of your comment says much: “I don’t normally describe the idea in details.” We have these great ideas; we think about them, write about them, talk about them, but we seldom if ever “describe them in detail,” i.e., we don’t analyze what they mean, to us, and in relation to others. We assume that because we have the word, we have the concept. For example,we talk about love, we get this good feeling and we parade around with that feeling but like the emperor, we remain quite naked. That is why our great concepts don’t work. We don’t analyze them; we don’t weigh the consequences of engaging them because we mostly don’t engage them in the sense that they are meant. Those who do engage these great concepts at face value, like peace or faith or love, we either declare our heroes… or we martyr them. But we do not emulate them and we do not ask ourselves, ‘Why not?’

  12. Yes, good points.

    Personally, I don’t feel a need to analyze most details of my philosophical beliefs. They come from a place of compassion so I trust them. The fact that, as you pointed out about your emotions, “no one gets hurt” by my way of thinking shows me it’s basically a good thing.

    For example, I like having possessions, but they aren’t objects of financial value that I have for the sake of possession. I use them. I like music CDs, books, photos, old magazines and have a collection of music equipment because I love to play, write and record music. And I would never hurt someone for the sake of possessions.

    I’m an emotional person, but I try to allow my emotions to flow through me and simmer before making decisions or taking action that might hurt others. We need emotions, of course, but they shouldn’t be allowed to cloud judgement. Having “said” that, I also refuse to keep silent about things I see that are malicious and should be challenged. I will give up comfort to help raise awareness about the rampant suffering around the world. And that starts with emotion.

    I’ve learned throughout life that, sadly, most people adopt a coldness to insulate themselves from much of what is happening in this cruel world we’ve designed. They adapt many of the heartless traits that make life a little easier, more comfortable. They call it “growing up” or “survival” or other justifications for moral cowardice and intellectual laziness. But they’re just making excuses. They’ll point out that they “didn’t make the rules” and are just doing what other people do. Not everyone is strong, but I believe we all need to be as strong as possible – as strong as we’re able. I think it’s up to all of us to learn lessons from our experiences and to teach others these lessons when appropriate and when possible.

    OK. I’m rambling. It’s just that these are intricate concepts that aren’t easily explained in a few short sentences. That’s one of the problems stemming from our laziness. We’re too vague.

    Oh, another point you made that I feel strongly about is the concept of why. Most people concentrate on who, what, where and when. Often the most important aspect of an event is the why. Part of a verse I wrote in a song called “Flag Of Fascism” years ago:

    “You wish you could try to dismiss the lie
    But you piss and cry because you missed the why
    Before you kissed the sky and enlisted to fly
    Their flag of Fascism they insisted you buy”

    The point was “you missed the why” and the rest was merely fleshing out a rhyme to sound good to music.

    Thank you for an interesting exchange. Peace.

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