Friday, March 20, 2020
Debbie Downer interlude: What about the world without us?
It begins noting when animals would miss us, perhaps especially timely as we hear fake news reports of dolphins having returned to the boat-less canals of Venice. Turns out the answer is that not many would miss us, except for hair and body lice, and follicle mites, which are so tiny that hundreds live on our eyelashes alone. The 200 bacteria species inside of us would also miss us.
A CDC expert featured in the book says that threats like the SARS Coronavirus can take out a lot of people but have a tough time penetrating everybody, and just having access to soap and water can go a long way to preserving humans. Fruit bats are suspected to be the source of the worst viruses, which then spread through infected human body fluids.
Some experts interviewed thought new technologies or environmental destruction are likelier sources of our demise. They also say no virus could kill all the people on earth. Even a 99.99 percent die-off would leave hundreds of thousands of survivors. One expert points out that the one virus that could be most successful would be one that would make our sperm impotent. Crisis-pregnancy centers would be the first to notice because nobody would be visiting.
In 21 years, there would be no more juvenile delinquency and, as resignation sets in, spiritual awakening would replace panic. The seas and land would replenish with animal life and forests and wetlands would come back because of less need for new housing. We probably wouldn't have resource conflicts and, thus, no wars. The planet would slowly return to the Garden of Eden.
Some silver lining to our current COVID-19 virus, eh?