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Child Learns About Moral Relativism
Daddy muddles through explanation of why parasitoid wasps are bad for aphids but good for plants and that it’s not so easy for wasps and aphids, given pesticides
Kina keeps asking if wasps are good or bad, and why jellyfish exist, and if mosquitos serve any purpose at all, and I find it hard to explain to her that defining the purpose or value of another living thing relative to our own human existence is wildly insufficient, and so I just try to talk about what it would mean if all these things went away, and why there are so many jellyfish, and maybe that the mosquito’s best purpose is keeping humans out of the forests and swamps. What purpose do we serve, after all?
Hard to tell, some days.