Since its recognition on June 5, 1981, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome has been the bane of human existence. It has affected everything about us as a species. From our economic security to our social development, the advent of AIDS has been the single most catalytic event of the twentieth century. More money has been devoted to researching and finding a cure for the disease than was spent putting a man on the moon and yet,according to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, in 2005 alone, it claimed the lives of some 2.4-3.3 million people. Fund raising for further studies on AIDS has become a global effort. Everything that can be done in order to raise money to find a cure has been, from clothing lines to rock concerts, yet we remain a step behind the virus. Human beings have but one natural enemy, and it can only be viewed through the glass lens of a microscope, and believe it or not, that is how it was meant to be. The biology of the planet we live on operates in a very delicate balance. The predators keep the prey under control, in turn keeping the natural equilibrium stable in the surrounding ecosystem. In this case, the predator is AIDS and we, as a species, are the prey.
Humans are one of the most complex and fascinating organisms on Earth and as such, are left completely unfazed by our surroundings. We are at the top of every food chain we come across and have no natural predatory threat. So where does such a horrific and deadly virus fit in this whole scenario? The answer is, right where it's supposed to. The human race must be kept in check, and as Darwinistic as it sounds, AIDS doing a lethally efficient job.
If one looks at a flourishing ecosystem, one sees that every organism has its place. It is balanced and equal in every aspect. It can also repair it self over time. If a certain rung in the ladder is removed, nature will replace it with an adequate substitute. Using this example, one could argue that if a cure for AIDS were found, another, possibly more deadly, super-virus would step in to take its place. Everything on Earth has a niche to fill, everything including plagues, viruses, and disease, and as seemingly socially unacceptable as it is, AIDS is no different. We need to learn how to overcome, and adapt to this illness, of course, but like every other predator, it has its role.
According to some, this view regarding the disease would be callus and unfeeling, perhaps bordering on inhuman, but it is merely based on simple observation and elementary scientific parallels. If AIDS is wiped out, something will adapt to fill its function as to keep the natural balance in ratio of human beings to other creatures. We should never stop trying to save lives; only remember that nature has a purpose for everything we encounter. No matter if it's AIDS or any other combination of letters in the alphabet, some measure of control will always be in place to regulate humanity as it relates to our environment, and as far as we know, AIDS may only be the beginning.