Re: Media and Violence

From: Philip Jonkers (
Date: Tue Apr 30 2002 - 06:31:39 BST

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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
    > is).

    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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