The Mortal Morality: Our Topsy Turvy Perceptions

It is almost as if cancer and HIV-AIDS are telling us that a balanced lifestyle with a strictly monogamous mating process, with multiple child-bearing, away from all excesses in consumption and environmental interference, would eliminate the necessity for those diseases. But then again, let us think about it. Wouldn't a sexual prerequisite that only virgins mate with virgins for life, eliminate all sexually transmitted diseases? Hmm... so perhaps, just perhaps, there may be some logic to this process!

Therefore, are not cancer and HIV-AIDS making a specific "moral" judgement? Are they not saying to us that there is a specific "natural lifestyle" which` we should follow? And that if we fail to heed that call, we will become diseased and die prematurely?

Yes, they are.

These diseases are the inevitable product of our so-called progress, which we believe in our inside-out topsy turvy perceptions to be productive, but is actually destructive of the Earth and of ourselves.

The Earth like all other living things strives continually to achieve balance. Yet our society does not. We thrive in disturbing the balance. We reward with praise, respect and vast sums of money the ones among us who as entrepreneurs and captains of industry, produce the most and create the most imbalance. It is a backwards, upside-down system that we have created, and we don't even know it.

So what should we do? Should we just commit massive suicide just to save the Earth?

The Earth only wants to eradicate our destruction of itself, it does not want to kill us. We are an integral part of it, so why should it try to exterminate us through HIV-AIDS, cancer and the other diseases? It is only trying to stop our deadly so-called progress, not our lives. If we were to start dismantling our society, tearing up our oceans of concrete, and returning to our prehistoric roots, we would find that our diseases would begin to dissipate, that cancer and HIV-AIDS would become dormant and we would once again be at balance with nature and our environment.

Although I have been accused of being a dreamer, I am realistic enough to realize that this will never happen. There is no possible scenario that we can envision which would convince the entire population of the world that they should lay down their tools, abandon their supermarkets, department stores and automobiles in order to return to the savanna. Neither do I believe that would be desirable to humanity: It would be the shattering of too many dreams, the dismantling of too many hopes.

Although we are caught in this unstoppable vortex, we believe that there is much to be gained by the individual in the simple comprehension of this organic concept. We are disbalance in the body of the Earth. Our diseases are the way in which the Earth tries to restore that balance.

The solution to the most complex problem is always the simplest. We only have to realize that ridiculously basic, fundamental truth to truly understand the place of humanity in nature.

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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Hal, chimpanzees are not monogamous and are immune to AIDS.

When a disease rages through a population unchecked, the laws of natural selection see to it that only individuals who are immune survive.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

You're absolutely right, but then again, I haven't seen too many chimps living in large buildings and flying in aircraft... oh, sorry... I was disregarding George W. Bush. :)

Your statement about the laws of natural selection kicking in is correct, but what is that mechanism which allocates immunity and to who does it go? :)


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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

HIV is a virus. Every virus has receptor sites in the cells of the organisms it preys on. If an individual doesn't happen to have the receptor sites, then that individual is immune. It's a matter of chance who is immune to begin with. Only when the disease begins to hit a population does not having the receptor site begin to pay off in survival rates and hence reproductive success.

I cover this in passing in my hub on Zinc and the common cold.


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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Hmm, you're a tree hugger and anti-gay. I like it. I like your logic and reasoning. I have to disagree with Aya's sentiment about chimps and immunity. Chimps are animals, we are not. What I fail to understand is why people can accept homosexuality as normal when it is obviously not. I won't deny it's existence, but if you look at the trouble it causes medically, one must admit that it is out of the ordinary. Just like we love the environment, why can't we love our humanity?


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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Alexander, we are all animals. What would we be if we weren't? Plants?


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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

LOL Aya, nope were insects. You may have heard that we share a great deal of DNA with chimpanzees, but did you know that we share a great deal of DNA with earthworms as well? I love animals, we had a Cocker Spaniel that would pick up his bowl at dinner time and bring it to us to let us know it was time to eat. I loved that dog. But monkeys and dolphins and dogs cannot become greater than what they are. They do have some kind of presence, but they respond to their environment while we affect our environment. Humans can even build things that we don't fully understand. Putting a stick down a hole to catch termites is clever, but doesn't make them human, or us animal. Honestly, this is a theological argument that neither of us will win, we are neither animal, fish, bird or plant. We are human.


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Hi! You guys are having a fun discussion so I'll keep my nose out of it. Just a clarification about what I intended to point out with this Hub series. I'm discussing the antibody-like reaction of "Gaia" against civilization with its pollution and concrete. It's not a techically virological discussion as my international bestseller is a virology book so I do have more than a passing acquaintance with the subject. Also, I'm not anti-gay, I just like to sleep with girls... I know... I'm weird... :)


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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Sorry for mislabeling, it was in half jest. Sorry if I got petty. Aya, I disagree with you, and I'll leave it at that.

Hal, I remember seeing a b-sci fi movie about the Earth getting too hot from global warming, and in the end it reacted by sending massive rains to the surface. Interesting. I'm not sure if I can swallow that. I'll try to pay attention and sit up straight next time :-)


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

"The Earth" causing massive rains to cool itself down IS too much to swallow. The mechanism that would occur would be more along the lines that the Earth would move the moon over to use it as a parasol. :)


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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

LOL, that's hilarious!


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Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto Author

Actually, I'm going to start doing my part to keep the planet from overheating. I've ordered a truckload of 55 gallon drums full of SPF30 sunscreen and I'm going to start spreading it on the fields behind my house. :)

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