Do Bacteria Rule The World?
Spiritual awakening begins with being honest about our place in the world even if, in being honest, we recognize that we're not as important or powerful as we thought. The video by the New York Times on the "revenge of the bacteria" makes this point indirectly. It shows that the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be as significant in its effects as global climate change. It invites us to consider the possibility that, all things considered, bacteria already rule the world. The world belongs to them and we are servants to their evolution. Most bacteria are benign but some are (for us humans) pathogenic. As these bacteria threaten us, we must battle them as best we can. We, too, want to survive and flourish. But we are battling forms of life that were here long before we evolved, and will be here long after we kill ourselve, should we perish. Shouldn't we be just a little more humble? If God loves life on earth, they may be God's best hope. It's all bigger, and smaller, than we ever imagined.