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> <True, and I'm not denying that but can you tell me how many, or
> better how
> > few,
> > organisms can thrive on non-organic food. Most of the organisms, except
> > perhaps
> > a few bacteria living off on anorganic compounds, have to kill other
> > organisms that
> > serve as food, be it other animals or plants. Humans are of course no
> > different
> > from other animals, indeed we kill off both plants and animals. We kill
> > simply because
> > we have to in order to survive. It's a them or we situation.
> I know what you mean, but I've no idea about the balance between
> symbiotic organisms and those... in conflict (I dunno what the right term
I guess that would be `parasitic'?
> Aren't there like thousands of species of organism that live on the
> dead tissues discarded by other organisms without doing any literal harm
> those organisms?
Thanks for mentioning the scavenger category, which is however as admirable
as it is exceptional. The simple rule of nature being: to kill or be killed.
> I think for example of all those various things that live
> in/on us like those little bug things that live in our eyebrows/eyelashes
> that eat dead skin cells, or the bacteria in our gut that allow us to
> food. Compared to that, there aren't many fierce predators (didn't someone
> write a book called something like 'why big, fierce animals are scarce'?).
No offense, but I beg to differ. Even the vegans among us are slayers (of
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