We need to start using DDT again! Thirty years ago, we were tricked into not using it any more, because of our pride, thinking that we could destroy the world if we were not careful. We did not believe that the world is as well made and rugged as it is. We started thinking of ourselves as just another animal, and somehow became convinced that other creatures who are not as smart or as highly evolved as us deserved to live just as much as we did. We said we believed in evolution, but we did not act upon it.
Now, we are reaping the results of our foolishness. After DDT was banned, sixty million people throughout the world, mostly children, have died of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. There are some people who think that the world would not be worth living in if there were not mosquitoes in it. But I take the same view as C.S. Lewis, who said, “I think that a heaven for mosquitoes and a hell for men could very conveniently be combined.”
29 JAN 07, 1829 hrs, GMT.