"The leftist utopian dream was doomed from the start because it denied the economic logic of nature and human nature," we wrote last year, citing the work of blind paleontologist Geerat Vermeij, who "reads the embattled history of a snail in the dents and damage to its shell . . . mollusks appear to have evolved ever more rugged armor to protect their delicate flesh just as their predators developed more vicious weaponry . . . Everyone is affected mostly by their enemies." Recent rat studies reaffirm that when it comes to enemies, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Baby and Tiny, above keeping cool at Goomp's on Father's Day, conduct ongoing rat studies of their own.
You've probably heard about the rat studies that suggest -- as the New York Times headline writer put it -- "Dirty Better Than Clean":
Gritty rats and mice living in sewers and farms seem to have healthier immune systems than their squeaky clean cousins that frolic in cushy antiseptic labs, two studies indicate.
Extrapolating to our species:
The studies give more weight to a 17-year-old theory that the sanitized Western world may be partly to blame for soaring rates of human allergy and asthma cases and some autoimmune diseases, such as Type I diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. The theory, called the hygiene hypothesis, figures that people's immune systems aren't being challenged by disease and dirt early in life, so the body's natural defenses overreact to small irritants such as pollen.
It was something in the NYT article that set our crackpot-authority antennae abristle:
When the immune cells in the wild rats are stimulated by researchers, ''they just don't do anything, they sit there; if you give the same stimulus to the lab rats, they go crazy,'' said study co-author Dr. William Parker . . . He said what happened in the lab rats is what likely occurs in humans: their immune systems have got it so cushy they overreact to the smallest of problems.
Yes! That explains the inexplicable pronouncements of late on the part of John "Blue Falcon" Murtha and other -- in Dr. Sanity's memorable versification [to be sung to the tune of "My favorite things" -- "Democrat leaders who froth and who blather, MSM marxists and Mapes and Dan Rather," together with assorted Kos Kids and fellow sufferers of Bush Derangement Syndrome desperate to snatch defeat from you know where. As with the immune-cell response of lab rats in sterile surroundings, with these mollycoddled** fellow Americans in their Pauline-Kael bubbles, the mere thought of the 43rd President of the United States causes them to "go crazy." From our "Bloggers are 'cracking, popping, drilling and peeling their victims open'" post of last year:
**Leftists have become soft and flabby in their thinking over the last 20, 30 or more years because their fellow travelers in the mainstream media -- supposed to be keeping them honest -- have been giving them a free ride, even as thinkers of the right, not enjoying such reflexive support, have been honing our debating and intellectual survival skills. That leaves the left soft and lazy and the right battle ready.
Our recent analysis of the Kossacks is equally applicable to their "betters" on the left side of the aisle inside the Beltway and in the editorial boardrooms of the MSM:
[They] don't seem to have any ideas beyond Bush hatred and "taking back" the country. It's all about power, with "a core message" as an afterthought, a far cry from the conservative message, honed through decades of thoughtful debate and research.
Beyond having become soft and flabby and reflexive in their thinking, our friends of the left have hobbled not only themselves but all of us through the insidious imposition of their fear-society-lite politically correct groupthink that has rendered many of our leaders afraid to call an Islamist terrorist an Islamist terrorist -- preferring to cast them instead as Gramscian victims of Western imperialism (All about Oil™) -- lest they themselves be accused of racism or worse. As we wrote a couple of years back:
Goomp always said the road to Hell was paved with good intentions. One would have thought that the fall of Communism had taught us once and for all -- even those persons of the left still desperately clinging to their youthful embrace of Rousseau's pipe dream of the Noble Savage -- that you can't fool Mother Nature. There are certain laws of human nature that will always out. Incentives are all. Reward anti-social behavior by telling the perpetrator he's a victim of society and it isn't his fault, and like any infant he'll keep on behaving badly.
Back to that NYT headline: "Dirty Better Than Clean." It resonates.
Update: How now! A cat -- a lot of cats -- at the superb117th Carnival of the Cats, with lots of pics of a certain "bad kittycat," at Mind of Mog.
*"How now? A rat? Dead, for a ducat, dead!" -- Hamlet (III, iv, 23)