Are human beings the most supreme of them all? This is not intended as a spiritual or astronomical question. Just a worldly one. Are we the supreme of beings on earth? For most of you, this would be a no-brainer. “But of course” is the answer. Few would be gracious enough to concede that humans have serious shortcomings with respect to many, many attributes: we can’t’ beat an owl’s eyesight, we can’t be as fast as a leopard, we can’t be as powerful as a hippo and so on. However, as a sum of all parts, in general, we humans are considered superior (by ourselves) as we make up for our physical inadequacies with tools and ensure our survival (domination) over other species.
However, humans with all our tools and knowledge are routinely defeated by death; disease being the defeating tool. The perpetrators: Bacteria and viruses. Not all are “bad” though. There are the genial, well meaning neighbors and tenants without whom we would all be, err, dead again. So, these microbes win on both ends of the spectrum – as life sustaining and life depriving. We do wield control over a few types. However, we are beginning to realize that no amount of synthetic chemicals concocted by us are effective against their ever adapting nature. We might yet succeed in understanding them. But I harbor serious doubts on whether we can actually dominate and conquer them.
With this realization of my status a lowly human being, I declare defeat and concede that microbes are the supreme beings of them all. Yours truly.