Re: The Robert Johnson declaration

Luis Medina (fmedina@PEAK.ORG)
Wed, 1 Mar 1995 11:37:31 -0800

On Wed, 1 Mar 1995, John Hoopes wrote:
> Is HIV a "life form"?

It looks alive to me.

Certainly periodic epidemics play an important
> role in the maintenance of the "natural order" by selecting against
> individuals who lack a genetic (or cultural) immunity. One could make
> good arguments that we are contravening the natural order by using
> extraordinary measures to insure the survival of individuals whom
> "nature" is making significant efforts to eliminate.

serious use of antibiotics by humans is only 50 years old. I'm supposed
to belive that their effectivity is going to last 2, 3, 100 generations of
humans? ... are humans arrogant? or confusing long and short term solutions.?

> Is the advancement
> of medical science a threat to the integrity of a "natural order"? There
> are a number of religious groups who believe that it is, and their
> beliefs have directly and indirectly hindered research that would stem
> the AIDS epidemic. It seems to me that Johnson's approach is not all
> that different from one that assigns paramount importance to "God's will."

I'm NOT against AIDS research but on the big scale of time only our genes
and traditions can win this war. For the billions spent on AIDS research
the only findings and recomendations are to practice safe or monogamous
sex (if you dont happen to be immune or resistant to it)