From pagan god Pan to panic from transposons pandemic: Greek word panikos, meaning sudden fear, combined with a pandemic which is a disease epidemic that has spread across a vast region, for instance, multiple continents. Pan, the pagan god, is among the dancing spirits in Dionysus’ entourage. Pan is the god of the wild, shepherds, flocks, nature of mountain wilds, father of Fauna. His energy is bawdy, lustful and mischievous. For clarity Fauna meaning the animal of the geological period, for example, I/We live in the human-made geological time of the Anthropocene. So I count my body as an animal representative to put it a complex bacterial, fungal and bio cell meta cluster of myself.
On another unwashed hand, a virus or transposons, also known as jumping genes, can represent a small parasite that cannot reproduce by itself. Once it infects a susceptible cell, however, a virus can direct the cell machinery to produce more viruses, like SARS-CoV-2 aka COVID-19 and his cousins SARS and MERS. Back to the word ‘panic’ which stems from Pan’s name and why I/We have the collective feeling of losing control because the ecstasy generated by his energetic presence can be too much to assimilate. Thus, in hope, I am fearless. Wish you all good health.
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