Some of my ancestors, I’m told,
I have no pictures,
no other details.
That was a very long time ago.
And now, I’ve heard,
An enormous community of microbes
has taken up residence within.
Ten thousand different types!
A hundred trillion creatures.
It appears that I need these travel companions,
And they need me.
Cogito ergo sum.
Oh yes. But isn’t there something more?
The boundaries of thought shift yet again:
“God,” / “life,” / “me.”
For an extensive discussion, see The Human Microbiome: Ethical, Legal and Social Concerns edited by Rosamond Rhodes, Nada Gligorov, Abraham Paul Schwab.
Dr. William Luther White (1931-2015) is the author of The Image of Man in C. S. Lewis as well as many articles relating to religion and culture. He served thirty-three years as chaplain at Illinois Wesleyan University.