So ready for hugs!
Currently we're dealing with a virus that has severely affected human civilization here on Earth. Super doozy! But in great tragedy, there is always great opportunity.
Prior to the discovery of penicillin in 1928, bacterial plagues laid waste to humanity time and time again throughout the ages. But then the fateful discovery of antibiotics basically ended the plight of bacterial infections.
I mean, if you had a bad infection from a little cut on your finger, you would probably end up having your finger cut off, maybe even your hand or arm depending on how bad it got. Now we just put a little antibiotic ointment on a cut and we don't really have to worry about any of that.
Viruses are much much smaller than bacteria. And bacteria are super small! They're like little dots when you look at them under a lab scope.
Viruses you need powerful tools like electron microscopes to study them. They are basically strands of DNA or RNA, tiny genetic codes that give the ribosomes in our cells instructions. to build something. The best description of a virus I've heard so far is: "A virus is a bit of bad news."
So we're really just now able to study them because we finally have the tools necessary to be able to see them., and we finally have computers powerful enough to be able to sequence them. So we're getting an understanding of what the various amino acids that build the genetic strands actually do. It's so new to humanity.
Now this current virus has attracted the attention of the entire globe. More scientists are working on this virus than any other virus in the history of the world. HIV hasn't gotten this much attention or funding and that virus has killed tens of millions of people and been around for decades.
The main point is that humanity is learning a ton about viruses right now. We've even deployed a new kind of vaccine. Bottom line, this learning is turbo boosting our ability to deal with any future viruses that may appear. Perhaps we'll even find that elusive antiviral solution. And just like antibiotics, boom! Viruses will become easy to deal with.
And we can double down on this disease-free future if we improve our relationship with Earth, reduce inequity and clean up our habits.
To a beautiful future!
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John-Paul Goorjian is the author of Mara and the Magic Sketchbook. And yes--it has a positive ending!