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The 3Ps – Parasite, Pathogen & Predator


My friend’s blog:

Religion boon or bane

Confused and Dazed these are the words that best describe the way i feel when i think about religion. On the one hand i see the reason why religion was created, It is to create a sense of fear and moral responsibility to do the right thing in life. A way for people to have hope that when things go wrong sometimes horribly, there is a supreme being watching over us who will take care of us. But on the other hand i see people hating each other purely based on religion and nothing else, passing judgments on someone even before they get to know that individual. For which most of us are guilty of. Also stereotyping a group of people based on their faith. It is ironic that a concept born to bring peace and stability to people, has become the driving force for merciless murders and bloodshed. It is a sad fact that more people have been killed in the name of religion than anything else. Every major war that has ever been waged was in the name of religion and it still is to this day, and unfortunately will be so in the future as well.

The problem i have with religion is that there are way too many of them and everyone have their own versions as to how life is created. Whoz to say who is right? Which version is the right version? Accodring to Christianity earth was created some 6000-7000 years ago(or somewhere around that range if that is so then what about Dinasaurs? are all the fossil records a lie) according to Hinduism the age of earth is much older than that. Which version is the right one? Islam and Judaisim has their own versions as well so does other religions. The problem with religious people is that they are sold out on the idea that their religion is the
right one that they refuse to accept or respect anyone else point of view.

I do not wish to hurt anyone’s sentiments but for me the concept of God is a bit hazy. I wont say i do not believe in god nor do i believe in that supernatural theory. All i can say is I DO N’T KNOW. I’m not sure if there is or there isnt a supreme power. I mean am left without explanation as to how life is created, i mean not how we are concieved but how do we get the conscience? how do we awaken from a stateless souless being to a human being?  Who devised nature as it is? For example everything in nature is visible except for air, have you ever wondered whoz brilliant idea it is to make air invisible, coz if it was visible then we could never see anything. Is it all a work of an intelligent being mysteriously living in the clouds and watching over all things? or is it evolution that made every living things have eyes knowing that air is invisible.

If god is there and everything is going according to his plans then why are people killing each other in his name and why is he sitting in his misty world and not doing a thing about it. If everything is going according to his plan in this world then am not impressed with his work. This doesnt look like the work of a supreme being, it looks more like a work of an office intern with a bad attitude. If everything is a miracle performed by him then why are only certain diseases being cured and some not? Why is it that a person’s leg getting amputated never recieves any miracles from god, why doesnt it grow back. Dont tell me plastic legs are the miracle coz if thatz the best god can do then we are in deep trouble. Why couldn’t he cure polio 50 years back? If i ask these questions the so called religious rights give me some vague explanations with utmost conviction.

I spoke to a religious head whose name and religion i wish not to metion told me that the recent Tsunami was the act of god to punish us for our sins. I have few questions about that. If what he said is true does that mean only people in Indonesia Sri Lanka India and other countries hit by the Tsunami are sinners and others are not? If those who died are sinners then are those who survived saints?

Some moderates will say there is no intelligent person called god but there is a supernatural force that guides this universe. I call it nature. The only people who did the so called miracles for me are my parents. I’m more than happy to worship them than some unknown entity that refuses to show its face. I do not mean to hurt anyones religious sentiments i do understand that the concept of religion is so essential for human survival as a race coz it gives hope to billions. But can we just keep our religions to ourselves and not meddle with others for gods sake?

Confused and Dazed these are the words that best describe the way i feel when i think about religion. On the one hand i see the reason why religion was created, It is to create a sense of fear and moral responsibility to do the right thing in life. A way for people to have hope that when things go wrong sometimes horribly, there is a supreme being watching over us who will take care of us. But on the other hand i see people hating each other purely based on religion and nothing else, passing judgments on someone even before they get to know that individual. For which most of us are guilty of. Also stereotyping a group of people based on their faith. It is ironic that a concept born to bring peace and stability to people, has become the driving force for merciless murders and bloodshed. It is a sad fact that more people have been killed in the name of religion than anything else. Every major war that has ever been waged was in the name of religion and it still is to this day, and unfortunately will be so in the future as well.

The problem i have with religion is that there are way too many of them and everyone have their own versions as to how life is created. Whoz to say who is right? Which version is the right version? Accodring to Christianity earth was created some 6000-7000 years ago(or somewhere around that range if that is so then what about Dinasaurs? are all the fossil records a lie) according to Hinduism the age of earth is much older than that. Which version is the right one? Islam and Judaisim has their own versions as well so does other religions. The problem with religious people is that they are sold out on the idea that their religion is the right one that they refuse to accept or respect anyone else point of view.

I do not wish to hurt anyone’s sentiments but for me the concept of God is a bit hazy. I wont say i do not believe in god nor do i believe in that supernatural theory. All i can say is I DO N’T KNOW. I’m not sure if there is or there isnt a supreme power. I mean am left without explanation as to how life is created, i mean not how we are concieved but how do we get the conscience? how do we awaken from a stateless souless being to a human being?  Who devised nature as it is? For example everything in nature is visible except for air, have you ever wondered whoz brilliant idea it is to make air invisible, coz if it was visible then we could never see anything. Is it all a work of an intelligent being mysteriously living in the clouds and watching over all things? or is it evolution that made every living things have eyes knowing that air is invisible.

If god is there and everything is going according to his plans then why are people killing each other in his name and why is he sitting in his misty world and not doing a thing about it. If everything is going according to his plan in this world then am not impressed with his work. This doesnt look like the work of a supreme being, it looks more like a work of an office intern with a bad attitude. If everything is a miracle performed by him then why are only certain diseases being cured and some not? Why is it that a person’s leg getting amputated never recieves any miracles from god, why doesnt it grow back. Dont tell me plastic legs are the miracle coz if thatz the best god can do then we are in deep trouble. Why couldn’t he cure polio 50 years back? If i ask these questions the so called religious rights give me some vague explanations with utmost conviction.

I spoke to a religious head whose name and religion i wish not to metion told me that the recent Tsunami was the act of god to punish us for our sins. I have few questions about that. If what he said is true does that mean only people in Indonesia Sri Lanka India and other countries hit by the Tsunami are sinners and others are not? If those who died are sinners then are those who survived saints?

Some moderates will say there is no intelligent person called god but there is a supernatural force that guides this universe. I call it nature. The only people who did the so called miracles for me are my parents. I’m more than happy to worship them than some unknown entity that refuses to show its face. I do not mean to hurt anyones religious sentiments i do understand that the concept of religion is so essential for human survival as a race coz it gives hope to billions. But can we just keep our religions to ourselves and not meddle with others for gods sake?

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My response to his blog:

One of the major difficulties in answering questions about “abstract” things such as religion, God etc., is not knowing where to start! 🙂 Nevertheless, keeping aside that you are all over the place in this blog, 🙂 I will answer one key question that you raise…I will try to answer, to be precise as Aristotle believes; laying a clear premise first is the first step for any meaningful syllogism to progress, well, if “meaning” is what we are ultimately striving for 🙂

Have you heard about the 3Ps? The Parasite (Parasitoid actually), the Pathogen, and the Predator? Scientists have proven that these are the three things that keep a check on species population at any given point of time. For instance, given the rate at which caterpillars are hatched, but for these 3Ps, we might have too many caterpillars in the tropics, so much so that probably human population have to limit its habitation to the arctic! LOL… True. Do you know that about 90% of these caterpillars are killed, neutered or paralyzed by the 3Ps before they cross that larva stage? And speaking of killing, see this image: http://lh4.ggpht.com/_gOllybY3w_o/Sc7aV1F-v6I/AAAAAAAAAB4/vOlelgdiVvU/s144/3ps.JPG …where a colony of wasp larvae (parasitoids) hatches, feeds and lives inside the caterpillar for a while and one fine morning decides that they need some fresh air, tear open the host’s body and sings “freedom is all we want”! LOL…Yes, it may look so gruesome and inhuman, but it is natural and part of their life-cycle for certain types of wasps! So what shall we say about the Creator (if at all one exist) who meticulously sequenced this, that he has a very bad taste 🙂 or consequently you become a lefty and take a protest march in the streets of Mumbai, with the banner “Wasps got laid, Caterpillars got slayed”. 🙂

The point I am getting at is that we are just a part of the puzzle; hence we neither understand the grand scheme of things of which we are just a piece, nor understand the mind of the One who composes the puzzle! What we comprehend, on the contrary, probably is a small penumbra of things around us, if at all we attempt to understand seriously. Just imagine if each such random puzzle piece thinks its own penumbra is THE sum of all things happening, how pathetic that conclusion would be! 🙂

For that caterpillar in that picture, The Creator of wasp raises all sort of questions… about His care, His intention, even questions His wisdom with the doubt whether He is an “office intern with a bad attitude”! 🙂  At the same time, for the humans, caterpillar vs. wasp is a matter of deciding homo-sapien’s fate …i.e., of us slowly getting extinct at the poles vs. multiplying at the tropics, etc! 🙂

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