IMMUNITY-This seems to be a very appropriate topic for today’s discussion. I presume that most people have a cursory understanding of immunity. In the field of biological science, it refers to the ability of an organism to resist infection from bacterial or viral agents through the development of antibodies to those specific agents. Those antibodies are usually developed from either previous infection with a specific organism, or by being exposed to killed versions of the organism through a process of inoculation with its vaccine.
Vaccines have been developed and deployed over the years to protect us from the consequences of devastating diseases. Some of the more common are the famous DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis [Whooping Cough] and Tetanus [Lock Jaw], Small Pox, Polio, Measles, Influenza, Pneumonia, and Shingles. An exhaustive list would include Typhoid Fever and Tropical diseases. Some inoculations confer permanent immunity, while others such as Tetanus require periodic boosters in order to maintain protection.
I can so vividly remember the shouts of joy that went up from our entourage of doctors, nurses and medical students when, while we were making grand rounds, someone came running down the hallway and announced that Dr. Jonas Salk had developed a vaccine for Polio. I was a junior medical student at St. Louis University in 1957 and understood well the implications of such a development. Five years later, when I entered the orthopedic training program of the prestigious Willis C. Campbell Clinic in Memphis, TN. I was literally shocked to see the multitude of cripples resulting from that devastating disease. It was such a relief knowing that our children and future generations of children would be spare such torment.
In our legal system, immunity is granted for various reasons— usually that immunity means someone does not have to testify.
Currently, the entire world is stymied in the throes of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. As yet there is no vaccine for this virus—neither is there any known ‘natural immunity’ in society at large. World economies have been shut down, and millions have died from the infection. Most deaths have occurred in the elderly or otherwise medically compromised young.
Much speculation and theory has been promulgated in an attempt to ‘right the ship’ and get our economies going again. Of course, what the world needs is ‘natural immunity’. That may be achieved in two ways—one, a vaccine—the other, by allowing the younger people, who can better tolerate the disease’s effects, to become infected, thereby bestowing a natural immunity in society at large. Theoretically then, the vires could not get a foot-hold in society again. The problem with that approach may be similar to influenza—the COVID-19 virus may mutate and require annual or periodic immunizations. Currently, we have neither—natural immunity nor a vaccine. So, we are, indeed, in dire straits.
That same philosophy could and should be applied to the world-wide ‘virus’ of selfish religion. It is eating away at the fabric of humanity—it always has. The death, destruction and torment, both mental and physical, is astounding. Just take a casual glance at our world—nothing but violence and threats of violence perpetually. And why ?—religion and ideology.
Everyone has a different God (virus), and it is determined to destroy every other God. The reason is clear—no one knows who God is.
Three years ago, I published a little book defining the essence of God. I recognized that the only way to develop a vaccine from religion was to recognize and identify the culprit. In Wilderness Cry- A Scientific and Philosophical Approach to Understanding God and the Universe, I define the essence of God—God is a Perfect Rational Being. Thus far, no one has stepped forward to attempt to refute that definition—it is, in fact, irrefutable.
Two years ago, I began writing a thesis on how Peace may be achieved. Peace in Spirituality was published less than a year ago. It outlines all of the causes of hostilities in the world. Furthermore, it shows conclusively the absolute only pathway to peace.
Simultaneous to beginning preparation of Peace in Spirituality, on this blog-site, I made a call for the understanding and acceptance of The World-wide Communion of Spirituality—that call is being made on a perpetual basis. Will it be heeded?—likely not. The ‘virus’ is running rampant—no immunizing vaccine has been promulgated. It is available everywhere. Will you partake and help develop a ‘natural immunity’ in our society? I sincerely hope so.