Just_Saying_Sat01/28/2012

A disease is a microscopic organism that wants to have us for dinner.–me

While we are inclined to see disease as an evil, it’s entirely a matter of perspective. From the perspective of the disease we are dinner. Microorganisms are living things just as we are. They are struggling to survive just as we are. They compete with us for survival and nobody likes competiton particularly serious competition. Of course competition makes us stronger in much the same way that wolves keep deer strong. From that perspective disease is good for us not individually but as a species.

To reiterate, from the perspective of a sick individual the microorganizms causing the illness are bad (evil). From the perspective of the microorganism, the sick person is dinner. From the perspective of the human species, the microorganisms that make us sick also make us stronger. The point is that perspective is important. It is important in all value judgments, most particularly in judgments involving good and evil.

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