What is a Virus? Reflections on COVID-19, Epigentics, & Viral Intelligence


What is a virus? Viruses have an extremely long history on our planet; they are some of the oldest living beings on Earth. They are billions of years old – much older than the oldest plants – one can almost say they are as old as the manifested world, ever-present. As a result of virus’ primeval, atavistic ontogeny they know a thing or two about surviving here. Viruses do not simply perpetuate a script – they are extremely adaptive and capable of rapidly learning to modify themselves as the environmental conditions that they are embedded in change. When a virus enters a host it interweaves itself with the cellular membranes of the being in question, enters into dynamic relationship with that being. The virus leaves an imprint, an impression. In my view, it is likely that this impression has epigenetic resonances, that it is heritable. This, in turn, influences patterns of illness and susceptibility for generations. This is unavoidable - not  something to "fix" - for we are in a profound sense interdependent with viruses. It is a question of learning to understand our co-evolutionary relationship with viral organisms, of asking what they are seeking in us and what we may learn from them. 
 
One lesson that I believe COVID-19 is trying to teach us has to do with our environmental circumstances and conditions and how the extreme degradation of the natural world dramatically affects our psychological and physiological immunity as well as the modification of our DNA. In Sowa Rigpa (Tibetan medicine), viral infections are seen as “coming from dön…Spirits who are the true owners of natural forests, mountains, oceans etc. and the wild animals and ecosystems” (Nida Chenagtsang). These spirits are said to react to the disharmony created by human beings by perpetuating bacterial and viral infections. A balancing mechanism. It is perhaps no coincidence that there have been 10,000 5G antennas recently installed and activated in Wuhan, where the virus has been identified as starting in a poultry and seafood market that also sells exotic animals. A study reported by the Scientific American discloses that millimeter waves (such as are emitted by 5G technology) in the short term "can have adverse physiological effects in the peripheral nervous system, the immune system and the cardiovascular system...long-term exposure may pose health risks to the skin (e.g., melanoma), the eyes (e.g., ocular melanoma) and the testes (e.g., sterility)."COVID-19 is both a manifestation of, and a key to understanding, our dissociation from our immediate environmental circumstances and conditions. {Photo of COVID-19 under the microscope}.