The elemental building block of life—DNA—is merely a chain of chemical information. Housed within this molecule is the story of our evolution as human beings. What is even more interesting is that we share 90 percent of our genetic material with all other life on this planet. Everything from animals to plants to bacteria has the same four amino acids making up their bodies. We are all made of the same stuff.
And yet, we humans somehow see a hierarchy with us at the top. We kill, we mine, we harvest, all for our own interest and well-being. We believe that our presence is divine, that we are above all other life.
This thinking has gotten us into all kinds of trouble. And, some scientists believe, that we are killing the very planet that sustains us.
Why us? Would any other species be just like we are if it had our consciousness? Would a sentient bacteria mine the Earth until depleted, all for its own survival?
Are we merely doing the same thing any plant or animal would do? Is everything created to survive instinctually? It is true that some plants, like the fragrant honeysuckle vine, will smother its host. Certain species of owls will multiply as long as there are plenty of mice and moles for them to eat. And they’ll eat and multiply until the food population depletes to near nothing in one region. Then the owls will die off until the mouse and mole population returns.
As humans, being on this planet such a short time, are we merely doing what comes naturally? And at some point, will we die off until the planet rejuvenates? I wonder about these things, and am sorry I have no definitive answers. But, this is what writing is all about for me…exploring, considering, and maybe coming up with a few theories that can be applied to the human condition. And then writing about them.
Terry Persun writes in many genres, including historical fiction, mainstream, literary, and science fiction/fantasy. He is a Pushcart nominee. His latest poetry collection is “And Now This”. His novels, “Wolf’s Rite” and “Cathedral of Dreams” were ForeWord magazine Book of the Year finalists in the science fiction category, and his novel “Sweet Song” won a Silver IPPY Award. His latest science fiction space opera is, “Hear No Evil”, his latest fantasy is “Doublesight”, his latest mainstream/literary novel is “Ten Months in Wonderland”. Terry’s website is: www.TerryPersun.com or you can find him on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Terry%20Persun&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank