Microbes maketh man. People are not just people. They are an awful lot of microbes, too.
"The traditional view is that a human body is a collection of 10 trillion cells which are themselves the products of 23,000 genes.
If the revolutionaries are correct, these numbers radically underestimate the truth. For in the nooks and crannies of every human being, and especially in his or her guts, dwells the microbiome: 100 trillion bacteria of several hundred species bearing 3m non-human genes. The biological Robespierres believe these should count, too; that humans are not single organisms, but superorganisms made up of lots of smaller organisms working together."Da un punto di vista complementare, siamo allo stesso tempo prodotto e produttori di un insieme di rapporti. Biologici (genitori - figli), relazionali (partner, amici, conoscenti), ambientali (società, cultura, natura).
Inter-siamo (inter-being), come spiega il monaco buddista Thich Nath Hahn.