Chapter 46 “so what did we learn from all these plagues: the never-ending stream of diseases”
It is quite plain and clear as day humanity will always be hunted down by diseases. Germs and bacteria are smarter than humans. As you as you knock out polio, then there is a surge in cancer which as you know despite billions in research funding there is no cure. Then AIDs, Ebola, COVIDs and Virus # 26. Viruses have an incredible ability to mutate and stay ahead the virus hunters.
Now why is this? As a physician it all can be rationally explained where diseases emanate from but that seldom addresses the issue of why we have diseases. Some may argue it serves to keep the population down and as there are limited resources to be shared or monopolized the killing factor of diseases brings about equilibrium. Some may take a spiritual view saying it is God punishing wicked humanity or that it is Mother Earth seeking revenge from too many human abuses to it.
Why were Virus # 26 and COVID-19 so deadly? Could it have been a coincidence the spate of natural disasters preceding these diseases was a warning from a higher source? Tsunami’s, horrific forest fires, devastating floods and hurricanes. Was the warning in your face with deforestation of the Amazon and global warming?
Well let me take a bold step as a minimally spiritual man and say the plagues were an act of God. I don’t mean the God that Europe or Asia bows down to but an inexplicable force and something that can’t be explained to or understood by the scientific mind.
The truth is God can be a brutal and unforgivable force that kills even those that believe in God whether that be Allah or Buddha. Perhaps the godly people of the world were killed by Virus # 26 to teach survivors a lesson how fragile and insignificant they are. As it was said Jesus died to save us did these godly people have to die to save us. Perhaps these events caused all us survivors to query why these events happened. To simplify matters in a generic way the consensus was that humans had acted very badly towards each other and their environment and were being punished by some force we could only guess about.
I spend many hours thinking about why this all happened but of course I’ll never find the answer in life but perhaps in death? My daughter Alexis has since joined a quasi religious group “The New Humanist Movement” that spends an incredible amount of time discussing why humanity was slammed so badly by COVID and Virus # 26. It recognizes a higher force had a hand in all this calamity and in prayer asks for forgiveness for the sins of humanity that were conditions precedent to the plagues. The New Humanist Movement is not a cult but survivors seeking answers and praying for guidance on how such terrible waves of viruses can be dodged by humanity. I don’t discourage Alexis from participating in the New Humanist Movement but one thing I can say with certainty there has always been a plague of some sort and I pray to the unknown that Alexis and her future family will not have to suffer through yet another one