Live With Nature (P.S. Corona Is Nature)

The country has lost its mind trying to control the uncontrollable. Trying to stop pathogenic dispersion is like trying to prevent California wildfires. Humans want to think that our evolved intellect empowers us to bend nature to our wills. The reality is that all animals–homo or otherwise–must live with and within nature. Human suppression of natural fire turns the surrounding nature into a tinderbox. Fire is a critical part of nature’s ecosystem. Pathogens are too. I don’t hear all the macroevolutionists speaking in defense of survival-of-the-fittest, but that doctrine implies that predators and pathogens are part of nature. I also don’t hear anyone banging the overprescribing-of-antibiotics-leads-to-superbugs drum either. But the import is the same: human attempts to dominate nature are futile. We must live with nature, not in opposition to nature. Everyone has staphylococcus living on their bodies. Innumerable surfaces contain MRSA and VRSA. For the most part, mammals adapted autoimmune defenses through exposure. Yes, some people die from S. Aureus. Some people die from car crashes. Death and tragedy are inevitable. That’s why yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift which is why it’s called the present. And so many songs, poems, and speeches exhort us to live today as if it were our last because we know not what tomorrow holds. I declare that a fortress of faith is preferable to a fortress of fear. The first is liberty while the second is bondage. The first confidence; the second is cowardice. People might die today of SARS-CoV-2 but without herd immunity we invite a SARS-CoV-3 and the cycle will repeat. We finally admitted that 50 years of trying to control wilderness was wrong-headed land management. Right now America is falling into the same control fallacy. Is no one willing to risk illness today in order to create a stronger tomorrow for future generations?

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