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"𝗧𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗴𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗮𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗴𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗸𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗰𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆-𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗻 (𝗶𝗻)𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁-𝘂𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁. To be terraformed and permacultured by others for whom you constitute a world means that, in contradistinction to being autonomous or free, you are only a stakeholder.
𝘉𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘢 𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘨𝘥𝘰𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘪 is the bacterium that causes Lyme disease in humans; tracing its lifecycle offers a meditation on human as world.
𝘉𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘢 travels through the vector of a tick that needs blood to reproduce. When a tick finds a warm-blooded creature, the spiral-shaped bacteria penetrates the skin and spins toward the viscous tissues surrounding the joints and eyes. These tissues resemble the bacteriaʼs own ancient mud origins. 𝘉𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘢 often escapes detection by medical tests because it customizes its genetic markers to match antibodies of its host: dog, mouse, deer or human. The bacterium translates its genetic code to vanish within, a morphological transformation like improvisational concrete poetry - an act of creativity. People infected with Lyme experience pain, fatigue, eyesight and joint degeneration and the mental unease of not “feeling” oneself. The invasive infectiousness of 𝘉𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘢 is not so different from how human oil burning, (coal, gas) leads to the corrosion of glaciers, which soften until their undersides collapse. Lyme carriers do however experience remissions from the dis-ease. We might dream an evolutionary symbiotic merger in-process between cells (in the) human, and an invader 𝘉𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘢 co-evolving with an (in)human aggregation. Maybe there are “green” 𝘉𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘢 that strive to reduce the harm they cause their host, to be sensitive. 𝗖𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗲-𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘃𝘂𝗹𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗰𝗼-𝗲𝘃𝗮𝗹𝘀."