Is it possible humans are a virus?
More like a parasite.
We are a living, breathing parasite.
If you look at the general characteristics of parasites, you will see that they spread and reproduce very fast.
They take over areas and destroy all life.
They feed on the local environment/host to the point that they destroy it without a care in the world.
They possess an inherent destructive factor, such that one could say their sole purpose is to destroy.
All of these things describe humanity perfectly.
Humanity is a cancer.
We possess all the traits and characteristics of cancer or a parasite.
Just like a cancer grows in the body, humanity grows and spreads on the planet.
Just like cancer is unwanted, hated, despised, spit on, detested, loathed, abhorred.
Humanity despises itself to the point of mass destruction, slaughter, rape, torture, brutality.
We hate each other with a fierce, fiery passion.
There are people out there who would utterly eviscerate you just for believing in something different.
You, yourself, are capable of mass destruction due to your susceptibility and submissiveness to authority.
The Nazis were just normal people that were brainwashed to do monstrous things.
Just like cancer destroys and feeds off the host with impunity and frightening apathy, humanity feeds off the planet and destroys it.
We destroy nature and we destroy animals.
All for our benefit and to their detriment.
That’s exactly what a parasite does.
Ironically humanity is its own worse enemy.
It seems our destructive habits have caught up to us and we could die by our own hand.
There’s a sweet irony in that.
Whilst most people have a good side to them, some even dedicating their life to doing genuine good deeds, humanity as a whole is a cancerous tumor.
It’s a pity that the bad ones need to spoil the good ones.
Humanity has a caring, empathetic side and that can be seen through the vast amount of groups and people out there who want genuine, passionate change.
People who build sanctuaries for endangered animals, people who do aid work in war torn countries, people who basically do selfless acts for someone else.
But the side of selfishness, greed and hate has prevailed since our inception.
It really is a shame.
Viruses are basically hyper-parasites.
They can only exist by hijacking cells and reprogramming them to produce more viruses, and do nothing else.
Their entire existence is making more viruses.
The sickness that comes from this process is just a side-effect.
Humans, on the other hand, do not just consume and destroy.
Despite what youngin yuppies say, humans aren’t even that violent of a species.
We’re not even in the top ten for species that kill their own kind.
Plenty of other primates are more violent than us.
Humans have caused damage as an unforeseen side-effect, but now that we have seen what has happened, a large number of us have taken it upon ourselves to reverse the damage and protect the environment and other organisms.
We’re working on ways to minimise our impact on our planet, such as banning logging native forests and hunting of certain species, vertical faming, cleaner energy, reducing population growth through education and healthcare, and even reviving extinct species.
Humans can destroy, but we can also create and sustain.
Humans definitely aren’t a virus.
But philosophically is a different story.
Viruses degrade their environment.
The average environment for a virus is the host body.
The environment for the human race is the Earth.
And, yes, we have degraded our environment.
We have dumped large amounts of plastic in the oceans, strangling large numbers of ocean creatures.
We are responsible for climate change (no real scientist will debate this), which is warming our oceans and bleaching and killing the coral reefs, which in turn removes habitats from other species.
We are warming our atmosphere by spewing out tons of greenhouse gases.
We are polluting the land we live on with nuclear waste and the results of fracking.
Don't forget Flint Michigan still doesn't have safe drinking water.
And Mother Nature has started to fight back.
Hurricanes and tornadoes are getting more frequent and more intense.
So, philosophically, is the human race a virus? Host bodies fight to get rid of viruses, and it seems the Earth is trying to get rid of us.
Yes, we're a virus.
Humans have been called a virus.
A virus is “a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the cells of other organisms.
” We tend to think of virus as harmful but virus are beneficial to life as well.
Humans can be compared to a harmful virus.
A virus forces the cell to manufacture more virus thus destroying the cell.
The virus then moves to the next cells.
A human forces the Earth to change with technology, manufacturing, and rapid reproduction, destroying the natural environment, and moving to the next new land for survival and destruction.
Virus alter and destroy for survival.
Humans alter and destroy for survival.
A virus kills the cell.
Humans kill the Earth.
Humans are more like parasites.
Parasites attach to a host and survive at the expense host.
Parasites do not kill their host instead feeding for a longer time.
A parasite is a life form that can locate a new host at will.
Humans have been doing an excellent job on the Earth.
Humans are now looking for new hosts in the galaxy.
Depends on your perspective.
If, as British scientist James Lovelock says, our planet is a conscious entity, i.
, “Mother Earth”, then yes, humans could qualify as a virus, no two ways about it.
James Lovelock was working for NASA when he first reached his living system insight, the Gaia hypothesis.
Gaia (or Gaea) was the Greek goddess of earth and is an appropriate metaphor for our planet.
Quoting Lovelock, "The Gaia hypothesis sees the earth as a self-regulating system able to maintain the climate, the atmosphere, the soil, and the ocean composition at a fixed state that's favorable for life.
It's often taken that the capacity for self regulation in the face of perturbation, change, disasters, and so on is a very strong characteristic of living things and, in that sense, the earth is a living thing.
Lovelock is saying that the evolution of life and the evolution of the planet have not been separate phenomena but one single, tightly coupled process.
Life does not simply adapt to its environment but, through various feedback loops, coevolves with it.
This unifying, whole systems view is beginning to gain ground with scientists
Many ancient indigenous peoples considered the earth to be sacred and themselves to be her benefactor.
She was a living organism that nourished and sustained them.
Today Gaia is a means of helping humans to be better planetary stewards.
A metaphor of scientific and mythologic proportions to see us through our present crisis and lead to a resacralization of the world.
In any case, I suspect that Gaia can take care of herself, but we may not like it.
As Mr Lovelock says, "The clearing of the tropical forests and the addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by fossil fuel burning act both in the same way to stress a system which is already near the limit of its capacity to regulate.
And the effect of this perturbation might cause us to jump to a new stable state in the very near future.
I imagine if the system does flip to a different stable state, there will be a sudden and enormous change in speciation, just as there was when the dinosaurs vanished.
There will be a new biota that will be fit for the new environment.
But I doubt it will be very comfortable for us.
So it could be that our loving Mother Earth may not be so much the nurturing mother of life as she is the murderous Medea.
I think that just may depend upon us.
Yes and no.
A virus is an organism that only exists to replicate, making it one of the simplest beings to exist.
Technically it's not even alive.
Humans are and can be hosts that the parisites can live in, so literally the answer is no.
Metaphorically, they are viruses of the world that only reproduce, like literal viruses, and consume and destroy the host: Earth.
So scientifically no, but it makes for a great metaphor in writing.