Against Authenticity and Free Movement
I am going to swim against the tide and I imagine many hands rose in opposition to what I am going to say in this buzz. How authentic should we be? I have some evidence that authenticity may be harmful to our social health. I even dare to add even to restriction of our movement can be rewarding. This seems to be against the prevailing logic. I am not saying this to draw attention; more to warn against authenticity and its deadly consequences, at least in certain situations.
Let me explain why. Antibiotics work effectively against free floating bacteria. Bacteria responded cleverly. They form biofilms like the plaques attacking our teeth. Why did bacteria sacrifice their freedom of floating and accepted to join together to form a biofilm?
A biofilm Example
I seriously invite you to watch this wonderful video on how bacteria form these biofilms and see collaboration at its best. These biofilms are common in our bodies, in bridges and whenever we have solid-liquid interfaces..
Biofilms have different shape in response to the substrate bacteria attacks and the environment. What is truly amazing is the way bacteria make the biofilms so that antibiotics fail to kill the forming bacteria. It is survival again those bacteria lose their freedom of movement and authenticity to survive. Bacteria use cell-to-cell signaling to build a attract bacteria to a host side. Once the bacteria reach a critical number they stick through special thread-like material that they form to adhere on the host surface.
What is truly amazing the understanding of bacteria to the benefits of forming a biofilm. The community of bacteria forming a biofilm is more stress resistant than any individual bacterium. This film is more resistant to ultraviolet light and is far more resistant to antibiotics.
The weak individual bacterium emerges as very strong in a community. Is weakness then a great motivator for building communities and solid cooperation? Biofilms say this is true.
A.C. Matin, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University said that when compared to free-floating bacteria, those bacteria growing as a biofilm can be up to 1,500 times more resistant to antibiotics and other biological and chemical agents. Is freedom becoming sometimes a blocker to building our human communities?
We love to move freely, but not on the expense of our survival and abilities to build strong human communities.