Saturday, December 26, 2015

A New York Times Christmas message...

....to all of those Earth-destroying viruses that constitute the greater part of humanity outside the progressive enclave of "People Like Us."

A Christmas Letter to the Editor published by the NYT on Christmas Day:

//Regarding the Dec. 14 front-page article “Paris climate deal nearly unraveled over 1 word”:

Why are the words “population” and “climate change” rarely, if ever, uttered in the same breath? There was a graph in Al Gore’s documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” where population growth and carbon dioxide emissions were in lockstep from near zero heading toward infinity. Will no one in a position to do so ever raise this issue?

As I understand the term “virus,” there are “good” ones and “bad” ones. A “good” virus will sicken its host but not kill it so the virus can be passed to other hosts, thus ensuring its viability and continued existence. A “bad” virus will kill its host, ensuring the ultimate end of the virus. The “good” virus controls itself to ensure its continued existence. Picture, if you will, the human race as a virus and Mother Earth as its host. We are, all of us, a “bad” virus. If we are left unchecked by our own devices, we are going to kill our host. It is not a question of what we do; it is a question of the fact that we are — more than 7 billion and growing.

Often, though, the host produces antibodies to the invading virus. Think, in this case, of plagues, bacteria, cancers and other assorted ways that humans have been (somewhat) checked by Mother Earth. We, the virus, have put up a valiant defense against these attempts to be thwarted by our host. But for how long: What is out there that we don’t know about? Whatever it is, we may not survive it as a species and may go the way of a million others before us. If we do survive it, we will make Mother Earth uninhabitable and kill ourselves.

I am betting on Mother Earth. We are but a dust mote in the time of existence of this beautiful blue and green orb.

Alan L. Waters, Bethesda//

Merry Christmas, Alan!!!


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