It is said that an idea is the most resilient parasite. Once an idea overwhelms a human brain, it becomes virtually impossible to eradicate it. As per the dictionary meaning, the word ‘parasite’ denotes an organism which lives in or on another organism and benefits by deriving nutrients at the other’s expense. However, the word can have several connotations. The most common one alludes to a person who habitually relies on or exploits others and gives nothing in return. Such a usurper is termed a human parasite. Analogous to an idea, a human parasite is a paragon of resilience. Once a human parasite gets used to exploiting others, he stops at nothing. He is a leech whose thirst for blood is unquenchable, an ocean whose capacity for suction is boundless, a juggernaut that is unstoppable, and a fiend who is devoid of any scruples.
All these traits make human parasite the quintessential parasite. He not only fulfills the various criteria that defines a parasite, but also adds to it multiple dimensions of notoriety. A human parasite is fully aware of his weaknesses and leverages the strengths of others to compensate them. In all his glory, he is an improvisation of an opportunistic viper perpetually ready to strike. He is quick to spot his targets and is ingenious in his approach and treatment. He is gifted with the ability to plan and plot as per his whim and does so faster than anyone can imagine. He is quick to spot his nemesis—a fellow human parasite—and tries his best to wipe him out. If his effort goes in vain, he does a volte-face and tries to enter into a truce with his adversary.
A human parasite cannot afford to have friends and merely relies on his acquaintances, most of whom are his potential targets. He aims for absolute dominance; he cannot tolerate sharing things, not even with his host. His ways are obnoxious and his demeanor prickly. He is a master of trickery and sabotage. He is good at feigning things and has a penchant for theatrics and exhortation. He is not a gifted orator but has an uncanny way of inducing conviction through deception. He is driven by a superiority complex which is a byproduct of his inner inferiority. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and his prowess at skullduggery is unparalleled. His sole aim is his own profit and he does it ever so ruthlessly. He often throws tantrums in order to make his host believe that he cares for him. He thrives on propagating doubts and spreading uncertainty.
A human parasite is a sadist of the highest order. Once he sucks his host dry, he searches for his next target and does so with finesse and utmost subtlety. His sole aim is individual gain and it is this urge that sometimes render him myopic. His lack of team spirit is what causes his downfall. His over smartness, once spotted, becomes his bête noire and slowly but steadily undermines his evil exploits as layer by layer his true identity is revealed. It is on this day that he undergoes a moment of reckoning as his deception finally becomes obvious to all those around him.
They say that it is the end that defines the means, but one must not forget that there can be no end without a legible means. Thus, even though we live in the present and treat it as a gift, we must not overlook the happenings of the past and underestimate the threats of the future. The human parasite, though fully unaware of this aberration of life, too serves an essential purpose by making his victims learn things the hard way.
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