Insects don’t get the credit they deserve. I can guarantee that at some point in your life you have looked at an insect and either swatted it, brushed it off or even questioned what is the point of it. I hear this most often with regarded to wasps. Insects really do get a hard time, maybe because they aren’t understood, and because they aren’t as soft and cuddly as our mammal relations.
And this is where I step in and tell you the real wonder of insects, and how our biological planet depends on them. Firstly I wish to address the question of, ‘what is the point of wasps,’ or any other insect for that matter. The answer is, is that there is no point or purpose to insects, just like there is no point or purpose to ourselves or any other living thing on the planet. Nothing has a point with regards to evolution, nature and the universe.
To me, an atheist or antitheist, religion is a blanket. This blanket isn’t just a comforter for those who are scared of the world, but as a blanket to hide real evidence, facts and to bury logic, reasoning and advancement. This is in contrast to science.
Science is, as that great man Carl Sagan said, ‘more than a body of knowledge, it’s a way of thinking, a way of skeptically interrogating the universe… If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to be skeptical of those in authority, then we’re up for grabs.’ Sadly Carl is no longer with us, but his message that we must be skeptical lives on. Without a skeptical mind skeptically assessing things, we will never advance. And this is what religion does, it is the locked door on skepticism.
Many times in my life, as i hope you have too, I have woken up and have been grateful that so many years ago, my mother gave birth to me. The reason for this is that it allows me to enjoy the beauty, wonder and majesty of plants, animals, our town, our country, our world, and our universe. (I use our quite wrongly, we do not and hopefully shall not, claim possession to the cosmos.)
Being alive means we can appreciate tastes, smells, sights, sounds and touches of the environment around us.(Albeit a flawed guess of our environment. See Brain interpretation.) But not only do we appreciate these senses, at least i hope you appreciate them, but we can also appreciate the entire cosmos around us. We have the science, maths and intelligence to decipher the language of space-time, the genome and DNA and also the wonderful but changeable and violent home we call Earth.