Perhaps I didn't go far enough in school myself to find Science that covered contagions and plague, but I noticed that the only subject that covered the topic was history. History. Yes, History was my favorite subject because of the "story" mode of history. History is His story... God's story. And, in God's story there is much that the History books leave out. It's all political you know! Not just our History books, but the Science textbooks as well. (The Media never changes. Somebody pays and somebody plays the tune.)
As a student, I studied genetics, as well as biology, physics, and geology. But, never Chemistry, which I would have loved but couldn't convince my adviser to place me in the class in High School. I had not shown enough potential in Middle School he said. Middle School was a horrible experience anyways, one that could well be compared to living through the Bubonic Plague era. I certainly learned little there, with the exception of what the old lady English teacher made me learn. I don't even remember her name. That's sad. I had no real opinion of her. I just thought she was ok. And strict. I knew better than to not do her homework. She listed chart after chart of grammar rules on the board for us to memorize, and assigned poems for us to learn, which I loved. I memorized and recited Robert Frost's "Whose woods are these...," and Robert Burns' "My Heart is in the Highlands;" which earned me a happy smile from the old lady English Teacher, a rare sight. But, that apparently wasn't enough to get me into High School Chemistry. Go figure! Either way, thankfully I believed in my own ability to do better, and did in High School. That's what matters anyways, and I never really took much stock in other people's opinions of my ability. I just determined that I would change my track record, and left High School with good grades, and without Chemistry.
But, do you suppose that the Black Plague was the only plague in history? Not hardly. Why is it that we only studied that one? Plagues have literally plagued human history. They have been spreading rampantly throughout human civilizations, with little mention in the schoolbooks. Why this is, I do not know. Perhaps contagion is an uncomfortable subject. Maybe it is because politically, we fear human hysteria over the spread of disease. It could have a lot to do with the big word QUARANTINE we've heard of being plastered on doors during times of plague. Whatever the reason, plagues are ignored by the textbooks.
Today, people still show the same tendency to grab their children and point the finger when the Media creates hype over diseases. I recently encountered some ire and name calling over commenting on one such post on social media. The link was written in the form of an open letter addressed to the unknown parent of the "non-vaccinated child who exposed my child with cancer to measles at such-and-such amusement park." This is a paraphrase of the actual title.
Naturally, I found it humorous because 1) the parent writing had not had his child vaccinated 2) he was depending on the abstract hope that all other human children would be vaccinated, despite the fact that he knew those with cancer could not be, 3) the person writing fit his own description of the 'bad parent,' 4) he took his vaccinated child to a public amusement park, 5) a glance out the window will tell you that not every person in America is here legally, and 6) If we can't control our own borders, how could we hope to control who is vaccinated.
I was called a cynic for pointing out the humor in the absurd reasoning that says I will randomly trust total strangers to keep my child healthy, when even our own doctors often fail. But, I did not point out that my Mother always told me it was rude to grab your child and close the door to a person who was sick, and Mamma told me that to do so would probably cause you to get sick yourself. Maybe she believed in Karma. Maybe she just knew that what goes around comes around. But, my Mother believed you should be nice to sick people, not act hysterical. Maybe some mothers don't teach those ideas to their children. I'm glad mine did. I don't think it makes me cynical to try to point out that hysteria in the media is a bad idea, and unkind. Don't worry. If you do not have the patience to deal with the problems and health issues of the sick and elderly, perhaps you will be blessed with a short life and young and beautiful corpse. But, beyond that, the Media is playing right into the hands of the political entities around us. Why is no one hysterical about Aids? Aids can kill you. Measles usually doesn't. It is because of the political agenda of the media.
Now, before anyone has a meltdown, let me say I submitted to immunization laws and had my sons fully immunized, as I was immunized myself by my law-abiding, dutiful Mother. And, for those of you who are not aware, my second-born son is Autistic. He wasn't born Autistic, and from birth he would hum-sing and call out in babble from the crib... until after he was immunized, whereupon he became silent. But, I didn't get mad, and I didn't point a finger at anyone. I may have cried a few nights over the fact that I couldn't get him to say the Humpty-Dumpty nursery rhyme, lol. He just looked at me with those big brown eyes, like Humpty had a real problem, but it was not his problem. So, I moved on to the next thing I wanted to teach him lol. But, there is a big debate about the issue today. The politically correct answer of the state and CDC is that these children developing Autism all around us were "genetically predisposed" to bear out the disorder, which was triggered by the first fever they developed. But, many Scientifically supported studies disagree. There is no sure proof either way yet. Anyone saying otherwise is lying to us.
Screenshots from personal Gameplay
The screenshot gallery above shows some of the graphs and maps from my game-play. The premise is simple enough. You create a new disease and your goal is to watch it spread around the world. Naturally, since it is a game, you can't win by simply covering continents. You must wipe out humanity for a victory. You are able to name and choose the genetic traits of your disease, as well as the symptoms and the methods of spreading the disease, whether it is something that spreads from insects, birds, by air, or sea... etc. Then, as humanity fights for a cure, you try to stop the cure before you've covered the planet.
I started with a Virus, and then a Bacteria; finishing off both rather quickly in one play-through each. Since then, I've failed to win with a Fungus after repeated tries. And, I've failed at the Bubonic Plague a couple of times. Too bad, but I did manage to turn the Earth into a 'Planet of the Apes' with my own Simian Flu on the 2nd try. The first time through, I tried to develop the rampage gene. It didn't spread far before the humans managed to develop a cure. Too aggressive! So, I slowed it down a bit, and worked on the Simian side of the coin; developing colonies of apes, and making it spread among them, while increasing their intelligence. When the Earth was covered, I added deadly symptoms to finish it off with one quarter of the ape population surviving the human drone attacks, which were colossal-scale. But, if you watch the news bits, and little popups, you see that some countries begin to execute and/or bomb whole cities of the infected, out of hysteria and fear.
I will stop there, because you get the point, and just ask you the question, who are you going to let decide what you will fear? My Mom, bless her, decided that I would be afraid of dogs, from a young age, because she ran screaming in fear with dogs chasing her. When I got old enough to realize that was her fear and didn't have to be mine, I got over it. She did too, by the way, as she aged. I was her first child. We all overcome fears. But, then again, there are some things I never feared that I learned to fear through the years. Now, I don't think too highly of our system of immunizations, nor our success rate with them. It almost looks like a method of weeding out the sickly among us, with a Darwinian "Survival of the Fittest" design. But, WHO am I to say?
What would I do today, if I had to immunize my child now? I do not know. I guess there is a reason God gives children to the young. But, wade through my side trips into the past, through the simulation in the present, on into the future tense of tomorrow. What do you believe the future holds for our world, in terms of death and disease? I will leave you with a verse from God's Word, the Bible.