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Keith W Henline

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Are human beings a virus?

Agent Smith: I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we (computers) are the cure.
Points established:
1) Humans are in fact mammals!
Points in question:
1) Humans are different from all other mammals?
I would say "NO", 65 million years ago monkeys were bashing other monkeys heads in for sport just as humans and monkeys still do! What's changed?
So, are human beings a virus?
Again I would say "NO" but we sure act like a virus with most of the same characteristics and with the same result(destruction of the host).

Thank you all for participating and as usual I will give any of you the last word. There are still two days left to add anything you want to the summation and conclusions I have drawn above. Love the dark...Keith

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Points established:
1) Humans are in fact mammals!
Points in question:
1) Humans are different from all other mammals?
I would say "NO", 65 million years ago monkeys were bashing other monkeys heads in for sport just as humans and monkeys still do! What's changed?
So, are human beings a virus?
Again I would say "NO" but we sure act like a virus with most of the same characteristics and with the same result(destruction of the host).

I believe we can do better, it will be up to our next generation and so far they are not disappointing. I love their independent, self-confident, nature. Just what is needed! Go get em kids

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  • Dec 19 2013: Nature is fractal by nature, it means, that the same pattern repeats itself on different scales, very different.
    We look at the mirror and see viruses there, we recognise the pattern.
    I think it wouldn't hurt to stop acting like viruses, i dare hope that the change in reflection will come with.

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