31 12 11 - 09:23A blog we all can appreciate:
I've written asking if they'll include parasites of humans that are humans, and just got the following response:
Regarding your suggestion - oh I have heard that many a times. I will give you the same reply that I always do when confronted with that suggestion: to lump the human low-lives you mentioned such as apathetic hipster douchebags, cynically self-serving politicians, hateful corporate-sponsored media talking-heads with what we scientifically (as opposed to socially) classify as "parasites" is to besmirch the fascinating organisms that make a living inside other organisms.
Parasites hail from multiple and disparate taxonomic group across the tree of life and they have evolved all kinds of fascinating and downright ingenious ways to ensure they complete the perilous journey which is their convoluted life-cycles, bypass the lethal gauntlet of their host's defenses, and navigate through and make a living in or on the milieu of their host's body. I hope one of the message that I try to get across through the blog is that being a parasite is really hard work! I would not want to taint the title "parasites" with those countless douchebags who take such a drain on our lives and our societies.
It's hard to argue with that. Quite elegantly written as well.