Our Changing Planet

Lichens are composite organisms that contain algae, fungi,  cyanobacteria, and other microorganisms, all performing functions as partners in a self-contained miniature ecosystem.

Wow. These disparate life forms have learned to live together in ways and places where none of them alone could survive. They cooperate to cope with an evolving planet.

Can humans come to terms with their tribal DNA in ways that will allow them to also benefit from such cooperation with others – others who seem strange and possibly dangerous to us at first exposure – because they don’t look like us or behave exactly as we do?

Of course I am talking about our relationship with demodex folliculorum, otherwise known as the bugs living in your eyebrows. You aren’t  born with them, but you acquire them, or vice versa. Little guys with white pin-like mouths used for eating skin cells and sebum. They’re not picky about where they live, if you know what I mean.

Steps to keep up with a changing planet

  1. Stop fighting your infestation. You aren’t suffering from delusional parasitosis (the feeling of bugs crawling on or under your skin). They’re really there. Get over it.
  2. Stop taking so many showers. Don’t drown your bugs. If, for example, you move to a hot and humid rain forest, you’ll need those bugs to eat the other bugs that come to visit you under your netting.
  3. Share your bugs. Some lichens have lost the ability to reproduce in the usual ways, but bugs don’t have that problem. What is more synergistic than your bugs mating with your mate’s bugs at the same time that you mate with your mate?
  4. Consider a threesome. The more shared DNA, the more chances for evolution and an increased likelyhood that you can, for example, learn to live in a world that has grown, say, one thousand degrees hotter.

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