Humanity’s Behavior Models The Ebola Virus

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During the twentieth century the human population has grown by nearly 400% from 1.6
billion in 1900 to over 6 billion in the year 2000 (Haugen, sec.2). This expediential population
growth has left humanity little time to equalize with nature, a fact which is starting to take a toll
on the environment. Humanity continues to encroach and destroy the very thing that is keeping it
alive, and has failed to yield at any of the clear signs that we are damaging the ecosystem. This
models the behavior of viruses which are designated biosafety level 4, the highest level; these are
viruses such as Smallpox, Ebola, Marburg, and Black Typhus. These viruses, behaving like
humanity, have a 90% mortality rate (Bardi, sec.3). These organisms carry on with no concern
for the survival of the host, thus they are self-limiting because they fail to give themselves
enough time to find a new host. Humanity follows a similar path; we strip away incredible
amounts of resources, and pollute the basic staples of life without regard for the survival of
ourselves, our host, or the biosphere. Urgency is required unless we start to remedy this situation
we will diminish the next generation’s chances of survival. If humanity fails to change the way
we interact with the environment we will destroy it, and ourselves. We cannot treat the
environment like an expendable host prime for cultivation; we must remember that we cannot
survive without the biosphere; we do not have another world, and as such, we must make sure to
take care of the Earth.

Ebola Zaire is an incredibility deadly hemorrhagic fever, which kills 90% of people that
come in contact with it. However, due to its incredibly high mortality rate it never gets a chance
to spread beyond a few people, this virus kills too efficiently to spread. Humanity is much the
same way; we are destroying the Earth so efficiently that we have not left ourselves enough time
to find a new host. Everyday our population grows and we eat away more of the Earth’s
resources; However, we are doing more than just eating up resources we are actively polluting
the elements which we survive on; such as water, and oxygen. This behavior is very similar to
Ebola; it kills the cells that are necessary to it survival, putting itself at risk by failing to leave
enough resources for it survival, or enough time to acquire a new host. We are slowly killing our
host; we have already caused irreversible damage to the environment. If we do not change this
trend now we will have to face the reality that we are killing humanity’s ability to survive.

Humanity has already caused irreparable damage to the environment; we can see the
effect of this all around us. In our quest to build bigger and better, we ignore the effect our
actions will have down the road. For example during the expansion of Miami in the 1950s, 1,400
miles of canal, 150 spillways, and 16 pumping stations were constructed...

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