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Is it safe to say that most humans are parasitic in relation with their surroundings
In case you havent noticed, there were a few responses requesting that WhatIf...?'s opinion be stated.I believe that human beings are parasites.. You can't ask most of the people on here because they will "assume" your "trolling" and try to prove you wrong in someway with out ever considering your opinion.
What "organism" do humans parasitize from? Earth is not an organism or a host.Parasite by definition :An organism that lives in or on and takes its nourishment from another organism. A parasite cannot live independently.
We as humans take, and offer nothing back to our host but to destroy it! No other animal, other than humans does such ravishing of earth. I don`t know of a word in the vocabulary better to describe how destructive humans are on its host,than parasite!
I don't think it matters that an animal live independently of the Earth to not be classified as a parasite. I mean, what parasite can live without its host? The question I posed presumes that humans are parasites in much the same way that your statement presumes we are not.What "organism" do humans parasitize from? Earth is not an organism or a host.
And even if it were, name another animal that can "live independently" of the Earth.
By the definition, humans are not parasitic. Not much wiggle room there.
Then you've begged the question. Which means, in your question, you've asked for the answer to be granted.The question I posed presumes that humans are parasites in much the same way that your statement presumes we are not.
I'm using a connotive definition. That's true. But It isn't a definition that I created myself for my own convenience. That's not a fair judgement. I think it was the definition inferred by the OP. My point was that humans are invasive and ecologically destructive to the system that we depend on for life. I'm pretty sure the OP wasn't using a scientific definition so I don't think I'm wrong to introduce the idea of an answer based on the connotive definition, not that the OP will ever read this. As far as I can tell I'm answering the question as it was asked, and using a medical or biological definition of the word would cause miscommunication in any proffered explanation. Without explaining the definition scientifically one might leave the conversation with the impression that humans are not invasive and destructive, when that was not the meaning intended by stating that human beings are not parasites . Even if I am wrong in discerning the OP's intent, since the OP isn't here to clarify, I don't see how it causes harm to offer another point of view as long as I am clear in the definition that I'm using.What you're doing is redefining the word parasite to suit your needs.
Humans are invasive and ecologically destructive.
But, as I pointed out, we are neither the first nor the best, at this. There are species that make our destruction of the Earth look puny by comparison. You might think I'm hyperbolizing. I'm not.
Thought you'd never ask... :tongue:I don't doubt that there are species that are more destructive than humans, though just pure curiousity compels me to ask which ones you have in mind.