How One Parasite is Shaping Human Existence
Just think: which gender has held the most power throughout the course of human history, and still currently does? Which gender does the leader of the United States, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom, Iran, North Korea etc belong to? Can you see what I’m getting at?
Behavioral tests have shown that, while the parasite increases levels of self-control in women, it decreases it in men. This lack of self-control can have dire consequences to an individuals life:
- Men will be slightly more likely to risk their life. There is a definite link between this parasite and car accidents.
- Men will be more likely to make stupid financial investments, which could devastate them and their dependents.
But that’s not even the bad part. The susceptibility for, say, the president of the United States to take risks could have catastrophic consequences to this world. Think about it: there have been countless wars in history that could have been prevented if both parties showed a little more self-control, and there is a high probability that the leaders of said parties were infected by this parasite. Once you consider this, it becomes wholly apparent just how profound of an impact this parasite has potentially had in shaping the course of humanity.
Humanity consists of humans (duh). By subtly shaping who we are as individuals, Toxoplasm gondii has colossal implications on humanity as a whole.
This begs the question: are we really as free as we like to think?