Yep, another example of the bible getting it completely wrong. The reason I care is that it’s the most widespread foundational mythology of humanity – “…subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” – and that’s precisely what humans are attempting, and will continue to attempt until, it seems, we become victims of our own myopic “success”.
Rational people reject the bible as a source of knowledge about reality, but to what extent can we reject the attitudes we grew up immersed in, and consequently are not even fully conscious of? The typical evolutionary tree still shows single-celled life at the root and humans at the pinnacle; the Genesis story of “Man’s” superiority retold in a form acceptable in this “scientific” age.
The bible story is very appealing to human arrogance. If science should teach us anything philosophical, surely it should be that we’re dependent upon nature rather than its master, and I suspect that SARS-CoV-2 is yet another example of our “mastery” blowing back at us.
Yeah, we need to fight the fire now, but we also need to know if it’s likely to break out again – that’s part of the fire-fighting effort. SARS emerged twice naturally, and escaped from labs four times…
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