The Hierarchical world we live on makes me ask a lot of questions. Who sets this parameters for deciding what sets one life form apart from another. Why are humans considered superior?. Are we setting us part to be the best without knowing the world properly?
We are complex, eukaryotic, multicellular, multifunctional life forms struggling to reign upon the primitive life forms. The question is why we should we reign upon. Are we responsible for the shift from mutualistic , commensalistic relationships to parasitic relationships with bacteria . The whole questions lies in why does bacteria cause disease ? . What gave birth to pathogenic bacteria ? . Who does a bacteria become deadly . How did tetanus, typhoid fever, diphtheria, syphilis, and leprosy etc. come into existence .
The whole drift of bacteria from being tranquil to deadly is indeed a indication of vengeance towards the superior life forms . This drift is seen in the genetic makeup of the bacterial genome . The genetic drift is brought to it by accumulation of mutations over the years . Just like In X –men where mutations separate them from the ordinary. If we look deep we have dug a huge field of science which deals different types of mutations, how to conduct them artificially, what are the ways of mutating selectively for economic purposes.
We also use bacteria as wheels for transforming an organisms of what it is not capable of naturally . Sometimes as stupid as making Glow fish for monetary benefits. Indeed, we have set an authorization on these indubitably small forms of life . This authorization has led to massive employment, economic boom in recent past. But humans efforts has also lead to creation of more and more deadly forms of bacteria.
Our unchecked desire to kill even what is naïve using antimicrobials , antibiotics like Triclosan , Vancomycin and other antibiotics . Has made them resistant and more deadly. We have failed to respect natures healing and symbiosis. That has made bacteria growingly dangerous.
What is more interesting is the way in which bacteria get dangerous over years (for ex: emergence of MRSA , VRSA , E.coli MDR) . Well the entire theme lies in selection pressure , natural selection , reversal , survival of fittest , fast reproduction and other complicated terms . But we fail to appreciate the persistence and unity they show in becoming more dangerous to us . Scientists, do say they have terrific means of communication and term as quorum sensing . But more than just giving it a mere term. We fail to learn to how make this world a better place . We lack common sense in not understanding the basics of living in this world i.e. effective communication, brotherhood, love, unity .
We should sit and learn how this small organism is being able to merely fetch from the nature and grow in millions in short phase of time. Although we are naturally not capable of reproducing so fast but we can learn what “ living peacefully” means.
We should appreciate the way in which the bacteria behaves when put in two different settings that we decide . The difference in behavior in acquiring nutrients , proliferating , maintaining energy when put in in vitro and in vivo settings can teach us how to learn to adjust , adapt and grow .
Time to shift focus on just acquiring bacterial cultures from sources and growing them in different mediums in petri plates. It is time to observe the bacteria to learn but not to merely publish papers. It is time to see and peep into their souls . Bacteria indeed has a soul . We are not in the higher end of the hierarchical world . We are not superior to them . We need to learn from them .