Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Blog #29 - Agent Smith's Outlook on Humanity

During Morpheus' interrogation, Agent Smith reveals to Morpheus why humans rejected the first version of the Matrix, the perfect version of it, 1.0:


"Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world. But I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through suffering and misery. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from, which is why the Matrix was redesigned to this: the peak of your civilization"1



In fact, Smith goes on to define humans as a virus that destroys anything and everything in its path; we spread across the planet like a plague and annihilate everything.


"I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure" 1



Kind of a bleak outlook on humanity, but what would you expect from a computer / artificial intelligence who had been trying to destroy our kind for 200 years? But, ironically, these thoughts didn't come from a computer but the minds of the Warshawsky Bros. who wrote the script.



However, using the phrase, "mankind is like a virus on the planet" to search Google, I discovered several interesting articles including one from a "Save the Whales" activist who feels that mankind is killing its host, the Earth and that we need to reduce our population to around one billion 2. The right-wing article doesn't really do the original article justice so I included a link to the original -http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/editorial-070504-1.html , but apparently, the extinction event is just one in a cycle of extinction events - we are in the 6th extinction cycle! And this whole current cycle began 50,000 years when:

"a relatively hairless primate stumbled out of equatorial Africa and began wiping out the megafauna of the time. Wherever this creature (our ancestor) went, their arrival was followed by large die-outs of megafauna. Primitive hominids were well-organized, efficient, slaughter crews. As they advanced, the mammoth, sabre-toothed cats, cave bears, giant sloths, camels, horses, and wholly rhinos fell to their stone weapons and deliberately set fires. The extinction of all of these great mega-species is directly attributable to "primitive" human hunters. The hunting down of the mega-fauna was followed by the advent of agriculture and the domestication of selected animals. Domesticated cows, goats, sheep, and pigs grew in numbers and denuded large areas of grasslands. Irrigation systems began to toxify land. Then agriculture was followed by industrial activities, and finally, by the burning off of vast amounts of fossil fuels." 3

So.

Maybe we'll all be better off if we turn our cities and suburbs into Amish colonies with the horse-drawn carriages and little to no electricity. Or some of these of these people are over-reacting. Or both?

Question: Does mankind act like a virus in the way we consume resources and destroy our living space? Why or why not?


Due Wednesday, January 6. 200 words minimum.

Sources:
1. Internet Movie Database - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133093/quotes
2. Business and Media Institute - http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2007/20070506180903.aspx
3. Sea Shepherd Editorial 2007 - http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/editorial-070504-1.html

A little music to make the blog go easier: Shinedown's "Devour" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QXNtLaOnSE plus the lyrics for the song:

Take it and take it and take it and take it and take it all
Take it and take it and take it until you take us all
Smash it and crash it and thrash it and trash it
You know they're only toys
Try it you'll like it don't hide it don't fight it, just let it out
Steal and shoot it and kill it or take another route
Take it and take it and take it
You know they're only toys
Devour Devour
Suffocate your own empire
Devour Devour
It's your final hour
Devour Devour
Stolen like a foreign soul
Devour Devour
What a way to go
You want it, you want it, you want it, you want it
Well here it is
Everything everything everything
Isn't so primitive
Take it and take it and take it and take it and take it all
Nobody nobody wants to feel like this
Nobody nobody wants to live like this
Nobody nobody wants a war like this
Devour Devour
Suffocate your own empire
Devour Devour
It's your final hour
Devour Devour
Stolen like a foreign soul
Devour Devour
What a way to go
What a way to go

45 comments:

  1. I think that for the most part the human race in general can be perceived as the most dangerous organism on our planet. Granted we might have technological advancements that other organisms don’t but we don’t know how to stop when things start to turn for the worse. We continue to develop our own society without any regard for the repercussions of our actions. We are the one of the sole reasons that global warming is happening and we also are the reason that the seas are losing animals at an alarming rate. Although we consider ourselves evolved we don’t know how to control the evolution of our people. We tend to expand astronomically around the world and we destroy the things that might threaten our ways of life. I think that mankind needs to wake up and see that even though our advancement helps us, we may need to reconsider other options that our own world can better tolerate. Evolution has granted us gifts that other organisms don’t get and we have abused that to a point at which we could very well destroy ourselves. This sort of arrogance is something that the human race has never been able to be without. I think that it’s important to consider the risks for our own development.

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  2. Yes I do think that Agent Smith was right when he said that humans destroy everything that we touch there are many examples in American History that support what he says such as the Boston Tea Party during The Revolution. Where the Native Americans dumped barrels of tea overboard. Also some recent examples such as superstitious terrorist attack on Christmas day when I young man attempted to blow up a plane at Metro Detroit Airport. We seldom do not notice what we do because its apart of our everyday lives and it’s sometimes hard to take responsibility of what we do because we sometimes feel embarrassed or even feel guilty of what we did. We do destroy our resources whether it has to do with the environment or even when we throw out on old dictionary that we could use. We sometimes don't even use the resources that are realilty available to us we might view them as useless in a sense. We as humans cannot face the fact of not being able to jump into reality and see the pieces of the puzzle and not the whole picture itself. In conclusion we must always look to the reality scope and realize that although we are humans and we make mistakes we must also be logical in all things that we do and say.

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  3. Sadly, I do have to agree with what Agent Smith is saying. Humans act as a virus. Viruses replicate inside the cells of an organism. That is exactly what we do. We over consume something until it simply disappears. The planet earth is our cell that we are slowly, but surely, killing off. Over the last hundred years many animals have become extinct such as different species of whales and other mammals. Most of these problems are consequences due to the environment that we have created. Our waste is killing many living things, which then affect the “circle of life”. What is so horrible is that humans, compared to viruses, have a conscience. We know that we are destroying the planet, and are doing very little to prevent what will happen in the future. I don’t think that we need to start living as the Amish, and it wouldn’t be possible. We are too used to our comfortable lives, and it would be difficult to stop the rapid progression of technology. But we do need to pay more attention to these problems and find solutions that will actually work.
    Laetitia Crosnier

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  4. In terms of a simple analogy that describes how humans have spread I think that a “virus” would fit this description, but the negative connotation that goes along with this analogy is what I have a problem with. It may be true that humans once wiped out the megafauna many years ago, but I believe in survival of the fittest. If these megafauna weren’t equipped to live on this Earth then they would be wiped out eventually anyway. The way that humans consume resources is simply for survival, so who’s to say that that’s so wrong? Humans deserve a pat on the back for surviving this long on this world and using it as they please. It’s also true that humans have populated immensely and this may be “destroying” the planet, but this idea of destroy could be interpreted in different ways. If there are too many humans in one place then they are going to move somewhere else—make a city, shelter, and home. To most, this is again helping humans survive so why should that be looked at as a bad thing? If it doesn’t work out well then I suppose we’ll find out soon enough, but so far we’re all doing just fine and no one has wiped out the human race. If one day a fitter species comes along and humans cannot defend themselves against them then that species deserves to use the world then as they please. Turning all cities and suburbs into Amish colonies would really have no true effect on humans’ overpopulating or their consumption of resources. Each human is surviving and the Earth is still moving, so this whole notion of a bad “virus” is far fetched. Also, in response to Agent Smith’s so called “perfect human world” this idea would never work. How would one know happiness if they had never known sadness? How would one know healthiness without ever knowing sickness? They would not. The whole idea of a perfect world contradicts itself.

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  5. Eric Singer
    Mankind is a virus. Not just because we consume, and work to kill our host, but because have proven unable to refrain from destroying everything that we have come into contact with. We don’t understand the principle of “leave no trace”. We left Lance Armstrong’s footprint on the moon, and were proud of that. Granted reaching the moon is awe inspiring, but it represents another frontier that we can conquer.
    Man has to conquer. We have to conquer nature, we have to conquer science, we have to conquer ourselves, and in the process we have to wreck havoc on those things that we conquer, those things we gain victory over. I feel that suggesting that humans aren’t really Mammals is misconstrued in the sense that scientifically we are classified as Mammals, but that assertion comes close to trying to classify human beings as being something entirely unlike the rest of the animal kingdom. We don’t live like animals, we don’t just simply try to subside and reproduce, instead we try to make change, make life easier for our descendants and ourselves – regardless of the expense. Because we do not consider that the betterment of ourselves destroys the natural balance around us, we effect negative change in the realm of everything that is not human.
    Even in the places that man can’t live, we have destroyed. We have left our footprints all over the galaxy, we have left our footprints on the polar ice caps, and we have left our footprints on the future, long after our species has evaporated. One could argue that we are doing galactic research in the name of science, but what of the ramifications of the research? Have we completely neglected the responsibility of the knowledge we may gain?
    I also hope to make the distinction that Man, as we know Man, is a product of western civilization. In the pre-Roman or pre-Greek times, in the pre-Norse, or pre-biblical times, we were hunter-gatherer, nomadic people. We subsided as Primates do, we survived for survival’s sake, we didn’t question our world or try to produce the latest gizmo for profit – there wasn’t such a vice as profit. They lived as animals, and as uncivilized and archaic as that existence may seem, they lived with nature, they played by nature’s rules…considering how our environment is falling apart today, it doesn’t seem so terrible.

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  6. Yes. Mankind does act like a virus the way we consume resources and destroy living space. The whole concept of “going green” is to lessen our footprint and preserve the Earth. Going green has grown so popular in the last decade because just now people are starting to realize what an impact people have put on Earth and how unbalanced it is. All humans due is use use use and never give back. We strip the Earth of its natural resources and give back waste, waste that build up in the oceans, landfills, and air and pollute. Step into the streets of New York; there, all around you will see car exhaust and trash lining the streets. Then travel to a remote island, or a place that hasn’t been heavily inhabited with people. It will be gorgeous with clear skies and fresh air and close to no pollution. The places that have a higher concentration of people are the places that use the most fossil fuels-resources that can never be replaced, unless you visit a place that is home to the Amish. They use sunlight and candles for light, horse drawn carriages for transportation, and all other necessities of life are man made. The Amish went green before it was cool.
    Not only do we consume, but our only purpose for consuming is for ourselves. We technologically advance from laziness and to make lives easier. We use metals to build cars, machines, and robots in factories so these devices can do our dirty work. Any of these can be replaced by what was already given to us. If mankind continues to live the way is currently is, we will have no other place to migrate to, like Agent Smith says. The Earth could fill up with garbage, run out of resources, or the sun could burn through the ozone and engulf the Earth in flames. Either way, mankind is a virus.

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  7. I believe that mankind acts like a virus that consumes resources and destroys our living space because our earth is living proof of it. For over thousands of years humans have been slowly destroying the earth. At first the human race was small and the earth, our environment, was able to keep up with our destruction. However, as the human race multiplied over the centuries we have been taking up more space and destroying more land than the environment can handle to restore. Also the human race has been consuming many of the resources that the animals on this planet need. Through our steady multiplying not only have we been damaging our environment but we have also been slowly destroying the other species on this planet. We take away their space to live and we take away their food. Through our advancement in technology we have been replacing the things that we lost through our destruction, as a result we don’t realize how much we have been destroying because as soon as a certain resource is lost we find a way to artificially re-create it. Just like a virus we have been slowly taking over the planet and destroying is piece by piece.

    Irina Laczkovich

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  8. In a way mankind does act like a virus. I believe that we consume resources and destroy our living space which has done by cutting down trees and developing cities and by global warming. Mankind is quite often destructive in the things we do and develop. We are dangerous when we create nuclear weapons that can destroy whole countries and sometimes we don’t know our limits until we are faced with a consequence. Our ways of transportation and pollution is causing global warming which is one of the biggest problems that we must face today and the only people to blame for it is ourselves. I believe that we over consume our resources when it comes to oil. Every country is in contention over oil and we are trying to drill for oil which is causing problems in the weather and in nature which is going to have a huge affect on us in the future. Today we continue to improve our technology and create better products but we don’t know our limits to our creations and they may come with problems but we don’t often worry about the complications of things until we are forced to face them.

    Stefanos Thomopoulos
    5th Hour

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  9. When comparing our species with that of a virus, I have to agree with Agent Smith and say we do share very similar traits. Like a virus, humans have been spreading through vast amounts of the world since the beggining of our existence. Not everything we do is seen as harmful, but due to technology, we are able to build bigger and dirtier things. Especially in these last few years as we face the problem of global warming. If the human race had never been created, then the problem the world is facing wouldn't be happening. Another big problem is the fact that humans need to do things as quick and efficiently as possible. When cars were created two of our biggest problems were created along with it. The fossil fuel oil is being used to run the car and the car itself give off toxic gases that have created holes in our ozone layer. Also,like a virus, we tend to kill healthy living things. Along with the Earth itself, animals are becoming endangered because of loss of habitat. Our human population is growing so rapidly that it has caused us to use deforestation as our only answer. People also see fur as a style and will pay great amounts to have the rarest kind. Sadly, I believe that if humans don't change their ways and become more "pollutant free," we will end up killing our planet completely just like a virus does to its host.

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  10. Tyler Friedman
    5th Hour

    In essence, the human race is a virus. We multiply beyond control, we consume all of the resources in a spot until they are gone, we destroy our land, and then we repeat in another area. The fact is, though, all organisms attempt to live this glorious lifestyle. The difference with humans, however, is that we have two unique characteristics that allow us to break out of this natural equilibrium that all other organisms naturally form with their environment: an opposable thumb and a brain with the capacity to reason. While our thumb has allowed us to literally build civilizations with our hands, our unique brain has allowed us to do it in a way that makes our lives as simple and as long as possible. With these two unique characteristics combined, the human race has literally defied the laws of nature by allowing us to make advances in the way we live.

    One of the more notable advances of our races history has been modern medicine. Because of our advances in medicine and healing, the human lifespan has skyrocketed over 200% of what it was 3000 years ago. In the age of our early ancestors, the peak of your life was around 18, and if you made it to age 30 you were ancient. Today, you reach age 30 and you haven’t even reached your midlife crisis. The average lifespan of a human today is around 76 years which means that humans are staying on this Earth longer consuming more and more resources and multiplying at a rate that our planet cannot sustain.

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  11. Yes, mankind does act like a virus in the way we consume resources and destroy our living space. We have become use to acting as if there is no limit on the environment. Bigger houses, bigger cars, more waste, more food that travels long distances to get to the supermarket. Society has become very lazy. We drink water from plastic bottles, we don’t take time to recycle, and we refuse to change our habits in order to be less wasteful. All these things are negatively affecting the world in which we live. We are experiencing water shortages, extreme weather conditions and loss of important animal species – all key to the long term survival of the human race.
    The misuse acts like a virus, spreading from the U.S. to other countries as they develop. Everyone wants to be like us – rich, with cars to drive, meat to eat and big houses that use lots of energy. Millions of people in developing countries like India and China are beginning to copy our bad habits and this ‘virus,’ as it spreads, is doing more harm to our living spaces. These problems are made by mankind, not by uncontrollable forces. And the remedies will need to be done by mankind, not different than inventing medicine to cure a sickness.

    Alyse Yashinsky

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  12. Sam Grusin-
    While I do believe that humans share some characteristics with viruses and that if we don’t take drastic, immediate action we could irreparably damage the earth for the rest of mankind, everyone else seems to agree so I am going to play devil’s advocate and disagree. The reason that humans evolved t be the dominant species on this planate was that we could adapt to our environment faster than any other animal on earth. We used tools, maximized the carrying capacity of our environment, used organization and reason to better defeat our foes, and, most importantly, gained the ability for higher thought. The use of tools is seen in other animals; Otters use rocks to smash open clams and Birds often swallow rocks to allow for faster digestion and metabolism. While there is no other wild animal that domesticates other species they DO grow to the maximum population able to survive on a given food source. Many wild dogs and predatorily cats use teamwork and organized hunting to better kill their foes. And on the other side of the spectrum, take the Asian Carp. It is spreading like wildfire, eating anything in its way and destroying its ecosystem along the way and yet, no one has said that we should change the classification of a Carp to a virus. Sure, humans share some characterizes with viruses, but until we kill our host (the earth) and make it unusable for our kind, we will not act like a true virus.

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  13. Well, I’d say that yes, as a whole, the human race does in fact act like a virus. We are constantly multiplying, taking advantage of our host by using up every last resource, sucking ecosystems dry, leaving nothing but waste, ruin, and death in our wake, and doing practically nothing to even attempt to restore the balance of nature. No other species of animal does that. So yeah, I’d have to agree that humans are very much like a virus. On the flipside, I suppose we do differ from a virus in the fact that there are members of our population that see the destruction we’re causing, and realize that it’s a problem. And unlike a virus, we have not yet found and infected another host, which is the characteristic that allows a virus to survive even after it kills its current host. So the way I see it, we have two options if we want to survive as a species: either we give in to our primitive, virus-like nature, continue to suck the planet Earth dry of all life, and develop a means for long distance space travel so that we can survive to infect another host, or we instead decide that we are in fact civilized, intelligent creatures who do have the ability to exercise the self-control needed to halt our rampant destruction and learn to coexist with our planet. Personally, I’m partial to the second option, because it feels a heck of a lot more right than completely annihilating every other type of living thing we know to exist and running away right when the goin’ gets tough. But that’s just me, and it’s not just my decision.

    Drew Fisher

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  14. Mankind does overuse and even sometimes abuses nature’s resources. Maybe it is true that mankind has become a virus to the Earth; no longer doing good, but instead destroying it. We have become so advanced in technology, but we are ignoring the signs that we might have gone too far. Issues like global warming because of the products we use and have grown attached to shows that we humans no longer care about our ‘host’ the Earth, but instead how to milk it of its products in order to create things that will somehow make us happier. So yes, in some aspect I agree that mankind is destroying Earth. But on the other hand, I don’t think that it is intentional. It is inevitable that humans would one day advance so far in technology that we would become consumed with it, and cannot live without it. I think that people, me included, don’t understand or don’t want to believe that we could truly be destroying our home. Nor do we understand that one day the Earth could become so far destroyed that life as we know it could end. I’m not even sure myself if this is possible, and I won’t ever know because life will not be completely destroyed during my lifetime. It is human nature to utilize the products that we have. For example, every culture has learned to utilize parts of animals and other things over the ages. However, the difference is that in the past, it was important to many cultures to preserve the Earth whereas now, we worry little about doing so. I know that many people care about global warming and issues like that, but it is impossible to get the whole world to join together in trying to stop it. The world has never joined together in any cause let alone one that many do not even believe is actually happening. I think the only way for mankind to learn to stop destroying the earth is for us to face the consequences. I hope that this will never happen, but I believe that only then will we truly understand how destructive we can be.

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  15. In a way mankind does act like a virus to the Earth, especially how much resources we consume and the land that we take up. If we looked carefully some countries that aren’t even developed have already reached their carrying capacity. For example, China is overwhelmed with people and even though the government has limit couples to only have one child it doesn’t seem to work. China is gradually increasing in population size as we speak. As there population increases there becomes a huge scares for food and space, their population has literally become a virus to that continent. If we were to look at the human population in general we would notice that food is becoming an issue for almost every country including the US. Within both developing and developed countries humans have become a virus by consuming way too much resources. We feel the need to constantly have more, which is why we see so many countries reaching their carrying capacity. If we, as a human population, were to come together and find a way to reduce our wants and needs to our necessities then humans wouldn’t be so much of a virus to this world.

    Bianca Kea

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  16. In some ways I do agree that mankind is like a virus. I do believe that we are destroying the enviroment with all of our large gas-guzzling vehicles and causing global warming. Global warming is a serious problem and it will keep getting worse if we dont stop doing what we're doing. I also feel like as the world goes on, we keep destpring more and more natural recources such as trees to create other things. I also know that we are the reason some animals are going extinct because of iols and chemicals polluting the water they live in. So yes, we are hurting our enviroment, but i also feel like by doing the things we are doing, we are advancing our technology, and we have new advances in technogly that we might not have if we didnt do certain things that might hurt the enviorment. So in the end, i think that what humans are doing is good looking at the new technolgy aspect, but i do think we could do things in ways that would be less harmful to the enviroment. I also think that no one should have a huge monster car that destroys the envrioment, because there is really no need for them.
    Sara Dziubek

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  17. I think that mankind does act like a virus in the way that we consume resources and destroy our living space. The human race is constantly using the Earth’s resources and not giving anything back. We take away the Earth’s natural resources and give back waste. Just like a virus the human race has been multiplying over time, taking up more and more space, destroying more and more of the Earth. We have been destroying our environment and other species’ environments; we take away their habitats, their food, and their space. One of the main things that we humans do that is destroying the earth is pollute. The cars we drive everyday pollute the air; the garbage we throw away fills up landfills and pollutes lakes, rivers, and oceans. Although the world has been becoming more involved with going green we still aren’t giving back to the Earth. By going green we’re simply slowing the process of the destruction of the Earth but we aren’t doing anything to stop it. The technology we have that fixes the destruction of the Earth masks the actual impact of how we are taking our world for advantage and the destruction we’ve done to it.
    Maia Knox

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  18. There are definitely some similarities between mankind and a virus, in terms of expanding into other areas and consuming all of the natural resources in their path; however, calling the human race a virus is fairly pessimistic. We consider the virus as something harmful, but it’s merely a species efficient in survival. Like viruses, the human race is efficient at survival, and we are criticized for that because our survival might be at the expense of other species. It’s illogical to refuse to consume natural resources only to prove that we are unlike some virus. Why save them when we can use them now? Why should we save them for the future when another generation will deplete them anyways? Agent Smith is wrong in saying that humans will not reach equilibrium with their environment. Eventually humans will begin to die off once the Earth has become depleted of its resources. We could always try to migrate to other planets, but the Earth is a phenomenon unlike any other that we know of, so Earth is most likely all we have in terms of resources. Human’s equilibrium with Earth is inevitable. Calling the human race a virus doesn’t seem like much of a criticism, it’s more of a compliment of our ability to survive.

    David Mohan

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  19. The human race is indeed the most dangerous virus on the planet earth because of their ability to spread and abuse resources. History has always had a psychology rooted in the ideas of manifest destiny, and this does not just apply to the idea of acquiring land but also resources. Humans have the mentality that resources are unlimited and expendable and they can use them for their own selfish needs and not thinking about their effect on society and the world they live in. Humans are a disease to themselves and kill their own home in their never-ending quest for knowledge, power and valuable resources. Many movies today express this constant theme of humans selfishly destroying the earth for their own selfish needs. The most current example is the movie Avatar, where the quest for unoptanium leads to the genocide of an entire culture and the environment that they live in. The Human race needs to start to understand the repercussions that their actions cause and that all things they do are connected to another. We should not live selfishly like a virus but come to appreciate and moderate our resources, so we can treat our home with the respect it deserves.
    Katie Weed

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  20. Technically speaking, a virus cannot continue living without destroying its host; the host's demise is essential for life of the virus. Considering this fact, a human is far different from a virus. Of course, humans do use resources that they do not form, which is a hallmark tendency of a virus. Humans do have the ability to recreate resources for themselves, which is exclusively human, and opposes virus of all form. For this reason, and this reason alone, it is prudent to deem the correlation that one may see between human and virus superficial. The connection is a shallow assumption, and is solely argued for because it is easily argued for. Humans have never destroyed an area, leaving it depleted and unusable simply by living on it. For example, the city of Jericho has been inhabited for over 10,000 consecutive years, without the land being destroyed. That being said, it is arguable that a human can maintain the Earth for extended periods of time, without harvesting all of its resources. The only virus-like attribute of the human race is technology, which is quite paradoxical is its Earth-saving tendencies. Technologies have been invented that both destroy the ozone, yet clean the air, water, and land. So if you were to argue that the technology was killing the Earth, harvesting its resources and destroying its land, it would be a rather large stretch.

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  21. Marcus Johnson 5th Hour

    I feel that, in some aspects, humans do in fact resemble a virus. Both viruses and humans spread like wildfire and consume everything in our path till it is gone and a path of destruction is left behind. Then once the damage is done we look for an area that we may have missed or just another place to infect in general and repeat the process. But, humans, unlike virus, have emotions and the ability to do good. I mean, we do have war and genocide and all those bad things but we also grow harvests to feed our nation and lend helping hands across the world to aid less fortunate countries. It seems to me that humans tend to go through little stages. We could be at one moment in a booming economy and inventions are being made and an overall goodness could be spreading through the world. Then, at other points in time, we kill, destroy and overthrow countries just for the hell of it. We can either be a virus of peace or hate and given the current state of the human race, we are spreading all the hate we can get our hands on and destroying ourselves as we speak.

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  22. Humans and viruses share several similar characteristics and so, although we don’t realize it, we humans are acting like viruses. Nowadays traveling by car is a standard means of transportation but most of us are oblivious to the damage we are doing to our atmosphere. Several environmental groups are constantly trying to bring environmentally friendly ways of life into effect in order to, in the long run, save our planet. Our planet has given us life, it lets us grow food and gather fresh water, and yet we take full advantage of it and eventually end up abusing it. Viruses are also given life from their living space but end up multiplying and destroying it. We are, in fact, very similar to viruses. Agent Smith was right in saying that humans are viruses. Although we want to help towards saving the environment, we always seem to pick the easy way out. Choosing between a car and a bike to go to the grocery store that is 7 miles away is quite an easy question for most people. Forest destruction is major when it comes to the destruction of our environment. Trees are what give us the air we breathe and yet we cut them down to use for nothing but a lousy picture frame or a worthless human-sized card board cutout. I believe that with enough time and effort we can cut down on things that are harmful to our environment and make a change.
    Richard Widdett
    01/05/10
    4th Hour

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  23. In a way mankind does act like a virus in numerous ways believe. Humans for the most part destroy everything they come into contact with. Agent Smith is correct when he said humans are like viruses, because we both multiply, both destroy anything in its path for the most part, and then we move onto another area before the previous can be retained. Humans have come use to acting as if there is no limit and nothing else to fix. There is new technology and new medicine about every year and this shows real life affects on humans and their way of life. There are also problems with pollution, global warming, and recycling issues. A virus kills its host and that is exactly what we are doing with our planet's life support system. We are killing our host, the planet Earth. Humans know that we are destroying the planet and we doing very little to prevent what will happen in the future. Humans are lazy, stuck up, and selfish, and most wont do anything to help the problems in the world. All of these problems are made by mankind, not by uncontrollable forces. Agent Smith also has a statement about a perfect world and it is very unsupportive. There is no such thing as a perfect world and it is impossible due to the fact that “humans are like viruses”.

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  24. I would have to agree with Agent Smith. Mankind acts exactly like a virus. We are constantly doing this that destroys Earth. Everyday we drive to school, polluting the air. Things that can be recycled aren't being recycled. We fill up these landfills that pollute our water, and kill species living in the water and other habitats. We cut down trees that are homes for so many animals. We end up killing everything around us. We are multiplying and using/destroying more and more land. I believe that instead of destroying everything around us, we should find an alternative for some of the resources we use. And we are, we're trying to find alternative fuel, using infinite resources. But right now we're using too many of our resources too fast. We may be trying to be greener and not destroy Earth, but the only way to stop would be to actually live like the Amish, but that would never be possible. Humans may act like a virus, but we are trying to cut down the destruction, you have to give us credit for that. We are a little different from viruses because some of us do realize that we are destroying the earth, and some of us are trying to stop it.

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  25. Mankind, in the last two centuries, has been more parasitic than before; our vast population and resource demands have taken an enormous toll on the world, adapting the environment for us, rather than us adapting to our environment. We are, however, not doomed to such behavior. The Matrix is a fictional tale, in which the writer tried to create a realistic crisis for humanity, based in the future. To assume that humans would enter a new world, unlike the world that they had been raised (“conditioned?”) in, where none of the plagues of the past would exist, and accept it as reality, is silly. Humans are the product of the society they are raised in: we learn from our senses, from teachers, what to expect in the world. Had the machines taken all the infants of the world, and raised them in the perfect Matrix, the humans would have no reason to doubt the perfect world (just as they did not doubt the other world; humans raised in a perfect world would not believe the horrors of our world, if they were dropped into it). To argue that human nature would be the same if they were raised without the corruption of other humans is unfounded. There’s actually proof of the opposite side of the argument. Child soldiers in Africa believe that it is perfectly okay to shoot up an entire village, burn it to the ground. They actually look forward to it, because their leaders reward them for such behavior. Humans will follow whatever pleases them the most, when given a chance. That is the only innate human tendency; a result of our nerves, sending feelings of satisfaction after filling a hungry stomach, the warmth of a fire or blankets after freezing. In response to the charge of mankind’s appearance causing such vast damage, I ask: is it even possible for such a small amount of humans, slower and smaller than the other creatures, to drive them into extinction, after they had lived for thousands of years? They animals mentioned were all adapted for the ice age, and the planet’s naturally warming climate (at the time) is the most likely cause of their demise. Humans, without fur, appeared at the same time, as a response to the warming climate. Yes, humans have been a disaster since the invention of industry, but we were not even capable of doing the vast amount of damage that we’ve been accused of doing. We gather in cities, not to consume resources, but to form communities, stronger, more needy communities than animals. Survival is easiest for humans in a group, since we are not adapted to hunt for food alone. Our strongest tools for survival are our logic, and our numbers. To assume that our society is failing is somewhat foolish. We have succeeded, we will move on, and create new ways to survive symbiotically with our environment. Should we fail, we all die, and the earth still exists. New life will spring up; we are not capable of bringing such permanent destruction to this world. We are not the beginning, and we should not be so conceited to assume we will be the end. Our struggle will be as it always has been, succeed, or die. Industry was created to allow the survival of the masses, in a globally connected world. Our next move will be to allow the survival of the masses, by filling the hole we dug with industry. Humanity may not always know, but we will always be able to learn as a whole, something no other species is capable of. Onward we must forge, into the carbon-tainted horizon, leaving mistakes of the past behind, with the goal of universal happiness in our hearts. Carry the torch humanity, carry the torch. Hoo-rah! KEMPER FI.

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  26. In many ways human beings are a disease on the earth. Our almost complete disregard for the environment, through rapid consumption of fossil fuels and our detrimental affects on numerous species, have left our planet in bad shape. Although it might benefit the planet if we reduced our population and live an Amish lifestyle, I believe that we will eventually reach equilibrium with our environment. Hopefully this equilibrium can be reached before extreme lose of human life, lose of our humanity, and lose of the earth’s natural beauty. Moving towards an Amish lifestyle is an extreme solution. After thousands of years of evolution and technological advancements humans have earned the standard of living we are now accustomed to. If we have to adapt in order to survive we will. After all, our species has survived an ice age, multiple plagues and the threat of a nuclear holocaust. Humans are resilient. Resilient enough to survive through destruction, and crafty enough to fix what we have destroyed. There is no going back to “simpler” times. We have to try and coexist in our environment. While humans have been like a virus there is still time to fix our failures. We can use renewable energy and conserve enough in order to save our planet

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  27. From what I've observed, mankind does not act like a virus, but we are still mammals, yet some of us do not build a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment. That should be acceptable, because once those few find a place they can call home, they will less likely move again. It is not true that we multiply until every natural resource is consumed. We have people who taken on professions within the field of agriculture, such as farmers, to replenish natural resources. Although, because we have a overwhelmingly large population, there is a demand for more resources, and the result of that is people starving in areas with less resources, but you don't see them moving. Also, many of us have adapted in a way to the natural equilibrium of our surrounding. For instance, places near the equator such as Ecuador are much more hotter places more to the north such as Canada, but we have people living there satisfied. Lastly, the fact that we multiply is true and can be true to other mammals, but deaths occur every year, so in a way it is somehow balanced. Overall, there are some people who try to make the world a better place, and nowadays more people are following them to save the earth such as the advertisement for “Green” products or technology, in other terms conserving electricity, reducing fuel emissions or finding an alternative to fuel. Its interesting to see what our society might be in the next 20 years or so, because I believe we won't move to another environment, but only make our home better.

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  28. I do unfortunately agree with Agent Smith when he compares mankind to a virus that consumes our resources and destroy our living space. Mankind is constantly tearing down nature and putting down concrete. We are very different from animals when it comes to our environment, animals adapt, they use nature to their advantage, while we take nature for granted and instead of adapting to it, we make it adapt to us. The problem with that is now we are running low on our natural resources, our animals, and forests are becoming extinct, and we have global warming. Yet, companies keep cutting down trees and destroying habitats to build high rise buildings and strip malls. At the same time I don’t think what we’re doing to our environment is completely intentional. We are smarter and more advanced as the years go on and we can’t expect our surroundings to advance at the same pace. The smarter we get, the more technology we can develop, and with extremely intelligent technology the things we can make and do with it expand. If someone were to step back and look at mankind I feel like they couldn’t really expect us not to be building and growing, however, I do think they would look down upon the fact that we haven’t been taking advantage of renewable resources or materials that don’t pollute our air or take away our forests and animals. I believe it’s inevitable that we will continue to grow and expand as a race and our living space, but that we should preserve certain areas in nature because it has seniority over us, and we need to care more for our surroundings.

    Jessica Keyes
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  29. Mankind does act like a virus. Humans and viruses have very similar traits. Humans multiply by the minute and we consume a lot of resources quickly. Humans take up a lot of land and use up most of Earth’s resources. We over use and take advantage of our natures resources. Since there are so many of us, it all adds up and each thing we do makes it worse. Technology keeps getting better and more advanced, and we might be going a little too far. We all feel the need to get the next, bigger and better thing. Things we do like polluting the air, and being wasteful, are causing terrible things to happen to Earth. Global warming is a big issue and no one seems to be doing anything to help it. Mankind is slowly but surely destroying Earth. Just like a virus. Viruses destroy things, and do things that add up to make something crash. This is like how humans are doing little things without thinking, and each thing is adding to the destruction of our land. Humans need to come up with a way fast to stop this and help save our planet.
    Hilary Sircus 4th hour

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  30. Mankind does act as a virus as we consume resources and destroy our living space. This happens because mankind was built with choice. We have the choice to consume certain resources and later destroy them if not liked and consume new ones. But pressure into consuming certain resources as plays a role in mankind. Mankind was made to think for themselves, but one person proposes there idea and it can spread; hence mankind is catching “the virus”. The virus is spread by what we call “computers”, usually consisting of influential people who can make a difference, at least that’s how I see it. For example, a fashion designer starts a new trend and all the models and celebrities start wearing it, then eventually consumers which is mankind start to buy it and one person see’s it on another and they go get it and it goes on and on. Mankind has developed into one mind, meaning one human follows another human’s life style and it repeats through every human until all of them have been sucked in. Once the virus has spread there is no way of stopping it, it’ll either continue on or be destroyed and a new virus is spread.

    Sam Toma
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  31. I do believe that the human race shares many of the same characteristics of a virus. It’s sad the way that the human race is taking over our earth. Whenever I see a beautiful scene of nature I always picture what it will look like 100 years from now and how much we will have destroyed it by then. I don’t think that the earth is meant to last forever and I think that this ‘virus’ is a higher powers way of making it come to an end. I just really hope that it doesn’t end in my lifetime. It really scares me when gas prices increase because there is a high demand for gas. We are using up all of our resources and its very unfortunate. I get so angry when people today are still buying huge gas-guzzling cars. It’s sad that they are so ignorant about what is going on with the world today. I am so thankful for the engineers on this earth that are working to design cars that don’t use gas or that use very minimal gas. In viruses, bacteria cells multiply until an antibiotic is used. This worlds needs an antibiotic, or some kind of wake-up call so that this virus doesn’t grow larger. You would think all this talk about global warming and how bad our environment is would be the wake up call, but we need something greater than just talk, we need actions.


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  32. Noah Saperstein
    5th Hour

    Just as viruses, mankind consumes, destroys, and then moves on. Look at every urban area, the natural environment is completely destroyed, one hundred percent. The plants are gone, the lush soil, even the clean water and air are gone. We pollute everywhere we go, our vehicles destroy the air, our agriculture and industry destroy the water, even our homes and building destroy ecosystems. Mankind has made millions of species go extinct, insects, birds, fish, mammals; all sorts of animals have been completely erased from earth’s future, never to be seen again. Many species in areas such as the rainforest that we just plow over have been slaughtered and gone extinct before we can even find them and learn about them. Viruses travel, going from cell to cell killing everything in their path and taking what they need as they please. Just as Americans raped the Native Americans, people rape the land. Killing everything we need regardless of the environmental impact is acting just like a virus, only on a larger scale. Instead of killing something cell by cell we kill it mile by mile with bombs. Life is a Petri dish and we are the virus killing the specimen of earth.

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  33. I’d definitely have to agree with Agent Smith when he states, “There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet.” Although I do not believe that it is completely intentional, the human race is constantly creating things to make their lives easier, that just so happen to be destroying the beautiful world around them. Before the human race began, the world was full of trees and natural plants growing in the Earth, but as time goes on and people get smarter, they begin to come up with ideas and create objects that unfortunately are ruining the planet. For example, cars were created to make transportation for long, or even short distances, easier. Although it is beneficial for us humans, seeing as we don’t have to walk 10 miles in the freezing cold or blazing hot weather to get to our destination, the fuel of our cars is destroying our planet. Also, trees- which may be used for an animal’s home- are being cut down to build houses for people, as well as use the trees for paper. Even though it is necessary in school and everyday life to write things down, we are destroying the forests and the habitats of other organisms that help make up the ecosystem. It is completely our fault that global warming is occurring, as well as the fact that the world is eventually going to end from all of the pollution that us humans have created. I personally believe that everything us humans do are like a virus, destroying everything in our path to get to what we want, whether we realize it or not. Since we are responsible for the “virus” we have put into the world, I think that we should be responsible for putting it all back together as well. I hope that we can clean up what we have damaged.

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  34. Ben Goddard 4th hourJanuary 6, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    I think mankind is a virus and is also not a virus at the same time. Mankind is a virus in the way we consume land and natural resources, such as forests or petroleum, because we thrive off of the resources to better ourselves and usually end up destroying whatever is left of them. We also are ruining the planet as a whole. Whether or not you believe Al Gore’s famous rants on global warming, it is happening. I personally don’t believe that is occurring at such an extreme rate like he tells us, but we certainly are producing thousands of tons of greenhouse gases which are ripping a hole in our ozone layer. Mankind can also not be a virus. We may destroy the environment but plenty of people work to heal the environment, or at least lessen our impact. One thing we do is plant forests continually that are used solely for the purpose of producing paper. We also help replant the rainforests. Other things we do are try to find alternative energy sources aside from coal and petroleum and oil, such as solar power and electricity. Mankind may be digging our own grave but we also are trying to fill it.

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  35. Yes, I believe mankind tends to act like a virus and consume resources and destroy living space. Mankind is like a ripple act and history continues to repeat itself. At this point we could never go back to the Amish lifestyle simply because we have become too depended on our resources and things such as electricity, cars, and the biggest one of all technology in itself. We also tend to destroy our living space by polluting the ground, cutting down trees, and etc. We have consumed the resources around us to the point where it’s sad and scary. (Has anyone ever stopped to think that, if technology went bad for a moment how would we survive? Why do we depend on the police or doctors to save us when there just people like we are, just trained in that particular profession. We depend upon things and people too much, but can we depend on ourselves to save and help ourselves, or is that where God comes in? ) If we were all like Agent Smith maybe we wouldn’t be as depend-it if we knew we had more than one life to live or could never really die and always somehow come back to life.) Mankind once again has become too complacent with the things that are around us not realizing that at any moment they can be taking away. A virus is something that replicates, and mankind replicates things that tend to be dangerous and until someone finds a cure for this virus it will keep replicating and spreading itself. History repeats itself and viruses return if you don’t cure them right the first time and that’s what happening to mankind, this generation has done the same things so the viruses continue to foment.
    Alyssa Thompson
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  36. blog 29
    It is hard to say if we as a population are ore are not destroying our planet. I think that if we are in some way having a harmful affect on the planet that it is not early to the degree that some people think. I do not think that the world is going to end or that the planet will no longer be able to sustain the human race any time soon. I believe that the world ending is a scary thing and worries people more than need be. I think that the way we are living now, we will be able to adapt to any changes in the environment and that life will be sustainable for much, much longer. Human beings have been on this planet a long long time. The changes in the planet such as large cities, streets, factories, buildings, and cars all took a long time to create. People have this image of an Adam and Eve type scenario of open fields and butterflies, but all of the developments that have been made took a very long time and did not happen over night. I think that the earth has been able to support us for so long that it is very unlikely that its about to fail any time soon. Also, before all of the cities were built here, Michigan was just lots and lots of trees. Human beings have adapted by making the environment a place that is easier to sustain life for a much longer time. I don’t ever worry about bears breaking into my house at night and eating me. I think that that is pretty cool, and not having that fear makes my life a lot easier than it was for people thousands of years ago. Our populations increasing size is due to our ability to make living easier.

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  37. I was convinced mankind behaves like a virus upon reading the Sea Shepard editorial. Species becoming extinct and biodiversity being lost is at an all time high because of human development, and ultimately, an ignorant attitude. We are not only killing our host, the Earth, but animals too. Who knows what kind of exotic animals, flowers, medicine and new energy sources can be discovered if Earth was not over-developed over-populated. I did not, however, agree with his views on how to change the situation. Reverting to an Amish-like lifestyle is unrealistic and backwards thinking; we need new technology research so we can use a better energy source and grow food in a less polluting way. We have become too dependant on technology and too invested in it to give up; yes, it has wreaked major havoc by polluting and exploiting our Earth, but I am sure it will be the answer.
    In response to Agent Smith, we do define a perfect world through suffering. Heraclitus believed it too; if it is day all the time you have no frame of reference to consider nighttime. If we had to avoid killer bees, for example, on our way to school every day, we would not know how to go to school regularly, like we do now, and why we are not grateful we don’t have to avoid killer bees, although I am now.
    Claire Holton
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  38. Yes, I believe that mankind is like a virus in a sense. Mankind has always used and depleted resources and moved on to the next, resource in hopes of replacing the other. In the 1800s as America started to expand, and moved to the west, we were faced with a decision. Co-exist with the buffalo or kill them and expand the country. Obviously, we killed and endangered them. The same thing is occurring in Africa with poaching, and also in the Amazon rainforest they are killing all the old trees that have existed forever are being cut and sold for their wood. As mankind expands it destroys the earth and eliminates valuable resources with, no care for future generations to come. We live with a “don’t worry about the future” mentality. Currently, there is a race for a new type of energy, since we have started to depleted oil reserves and are destroying the environment. Mankind, as shown through history, acts like virus, destroying only for its own benefit and not caring for the future ahead. I believe we act like this because “we have to get it while we can”, so we consume and destroy out of greed and ignorance.

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  39. Mankind does act virally when it comes to consuming resources and destroying our living space, but we are not alone. As a matter of fact most living organisms that live of consuming another organism can be classified virally. While most other species find the equilibrium with nature, humans basically have found energy within more sources to live above there natural equilibrium.
    If humans had not used sources such as fossil fuels and mass expansion of less habitable area’s, the human population would be about 4 billion. Although Agent Smith stated we keep multiplying and move on, this is not entirely true either. In very developed countries such as Germany, the expansion has been completely halted, and there is no population growth, they have reached there equilibrium.
    However I doubt Agent Smith was referring to the developed countries, and instead was speaking for developing countries were the population growth of countries like China and India, have devastated their land and caused lots of suffering for many people.
    So in all reality I’d say man CAN act like a virus, but it does not mean they are a virus, as there are examples of the human population reaching its equilibrium and thus proving Agent Smith incorrect, but there are other examples such as India and China that prove Agent Smith correct.

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  40. Yes, I think mankind is like a virus to this earth. We constantly hear about everyone wanting to go green but are there really being drastic steps taken when we look at the big picture, no. There are a lot of things that I as a person can do but everyone has to try to take these steps. I think a big part of this is that people don’t know if global warming exists. Many scientists have proof but there are always counter-argument and non believers. I think another big part of this has to do with mankind naturally being selfish. How likely is it that the problems with the earth with directly affect me? So why not drive my hummer and throw out my cans. It’s not going to make me die tomorrow and it’s more convenient for me so why not? Because there won’t be any hope for the future of mankind. It will affect my ancestors somewhere down the line. People in this world are constantly looking for the next technological advance to get ahead but I think everyone needs to just slow down. Pretty soon we will know how to turn this world into a matrix world and what’s going to stop corrupt governments around the world from doing this.

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  41. I most definitely agree that mankind has BECOME a virus to the earth. Each day our population and governments thinks up programs,construction,and business that we do not even need; and in the process of us building these businesses we have constant construction-polluting the air, we have constant advertisements-polluting the minds of the world,and we have constant insecurity by the definitions of beauty and lifestyles shown through advertisements-which is polluting the meaning of life.
    If people kept life simple and stop trying to advance and discover unnecessary aspects of life that weren't doing anything to be discovered then none of these challenges and conflicts in the world would have existed today. It's one thing to try and revolve the world to a new image but when it's harming our earth it's not worth it. These businesses have brought competition and devilish tendencies to personalities. These magazines bring insecurities to teens which can be taken out on themselves with eating disorders. Why did cars have to be invented? like what was the point, people would be less obese, and the air would be less dirty oh and not to mention deaths would decrease tremendously. Nearly all of man made ideas have done more harm then good; and our world has been suffering for so long that it might be to late too late to save our selves from our own self made "necessities".

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  42. The first time that I saw the Matrix the interview with Agent Smith was the scene that stuck in my mind. Hearing about how the o-zone and the planet are dying and hearing about the killing acts of humans upon each other made me realize that indeed the human kind do act like a virus. For many years I have pondered why Agent Smith says this and I have come to the conclusion that the reason he says this is because we are indeed slowly destroying our home. Humans are over-populated now and we have even gone so far as to try and change our natural habits and instincts to preserve what we have left of our host. Every time that I pass by a city or a coal mine or any other polluting structure I feel sad and wish that we could just destroy them were they stand. The only problem is, we need those things to help us survive. It would be naive to say that we should just knock them down, but luckily science is now working hard to find other sources of survival. As my mother stated the other day, our generation is a lot more environment friendly. I do believe that we can change though to prevent disaster to the planet and I believe that we are already on that path to success. Just like the alien said in the movie: The Day The Earth Stood Still, I too believe that the human race can change and that we deserve a second chance.

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  43. Does mankind act like a virus in the way we consume resources and destroy our living space? Why or why not?
    A simple definition of a virus is a microscopic infectious agent that replicates it inside of a living host that basically uses the host and feeds off it harming it. In a way people can be compared to a virus because we basically do the same thing. Think of the world and the host. We use its resources, reproduce on it, and destroy what we usually go through. So yes we are like a virus as a living human race. Even though we are not microscopic, we do everything a virus is designed to do. When I virus gets into someone, it breaks them down and makes them sick. It destroys healthy cells. When we conquer new land, we rape the resources to the point where they may come depleted; i.e. trees and oil. Agent smith was not very far off when telling Morpheus that the human race is a virus but we are different in one way. Viruses usually don’t try to rebuild and repair what they destroyed. Humans on the other hand try to fix things that they have destroyed and we don’t need to live off destroying them.
    -nick s.

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  44. I don’t necessarily agree with agent smith I feel humans are only doing what we need to do in order to survive. Over the past couple years the world has taken into effect that our natural resources are disappearing. The US is not following the constitution by not securing the blessing of liberty. With this new “green” act the US is making sure that the next generation has the same opportunities, resources, freedoms and everything we had this generation. So I strongly disagree with agent smith because of the actions the world has taken in the last couple years with finding renewable energy resources, more fuel efficient cars, to cutting down the amount of carbon dioxide factories can pollute into the air hence the cause of global warming. Humans are trying to keep our natural resources and find alternatives to using the limited natural resources. An example of that would be energy saving electronic products light bulbs, televisions, etc. Some people might say that agent smith is right and we are destroying our world and its valuable natural resources In the movie “I Robot” with Will Smith Vicki the computer program mentions how a world run by humans is imperfect because they are using all the natural resources. So I feel agent smith is wrong in his statement that humans are destroying the world.

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  45. I believe that the human race does act like a virus because of the way that we consume our resources on our beloved planet. Also, I think that the human race isn’t a “virus” because that seams like too harsh of a term to use for this specific s a. I think that the human race is like a virus destroying our Earths resources. This seams like the case to me because once we find out that somewhere on our planet there is a type of mineral or oil or some other resource, we tend to harvest it all so that the resource is gone or close to it. This tends to happen within a two to three year time span. The only thing that I do not understand about this is that the human race is like a virus. I don’t think that we can call ourselves a “virus” because we do not completely ruin the area when this happens. We do try to leave some of the resource. And also, once we harvest the resource in one area, there are still places all over the world that there are these resources. When we call ourselves a “virus”, to me I think that we are completely consuming and eliminating the resource all together.

    Carleigh - 4th

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