What is The Purpose of Bugs, Mold, and Other Gross Things?

Mosquitoes, Flies, Weeds, Spiders, Ants, Mold, or anything yucky?
Do these things have a purpose, and what is it?

They suck our blood, and carry disease, could they possibly have a purpose? Mosquitoes, in fact, are food for many other animals, their larvae are a food source for many fish, and frogs. As adults they are food for bats and dragonflies. Not everything has a purpose to serve man.

What is the purpose of Flies?

Flies spread disease and are rather annoying. Do they have a purpose? Indeed many species of birds eat flies, as do many reptiles and amphibians. Even some other insects feed on flies. Flies also assist us by speeding up decomposition.

What is the purpose of Weeds?

Dandelions and other weeds sneak into our yards and “ruin” our perfect lawns and gardens. Why? What possible purpose would weeds have? Many weeds are edible, not just by other animals, but by humans too. Dandelions, for example were once commonly used in soups and salads, long before they were considered as weeds. Deer, rabbits, and horses will often prefer dandelions over grass.

What is the purpose of Spiders?

Spiders are creepy, they have all those legs, and supposedly a whole bunch of eyes too. Their webs make a mess of our homes. Do spiders have a purpose? In fact spiders are very important to keeping other insect species under control. They eat a lot! Spiders are also food sources for many other animals, lizards, birds, and even fish!

What is the purpose of Ants?

Ants are pests who come into our homes and ruin our picnics. Would they have a purpose? Not only are ants a good food source for many animals, including primates, they are the main food source for some animals like the Aardvark. Additionally ants play a very important role in pollinating some plants.

What is the purpose of Mold?

Mold is yucky it grows on our forgotten food. What is the purpose of that? Penicillin, a very helpful drug, was derived from mold, as are some other drugs. Some cheeses, like Blue Cheese, are made, and flavored, with the assistance of mold. Mold helps things to decompose.

What is the purpose of ANYTHING?

There are a whole lot of other things people wonder about. Why are there fleas, ticks, rats, sharks, tapeworms? What we must realize is that all these beings have a purpose, and that purpose is not always to serve humans, or anyone. In fact, everything has one purpose, and one purpose only. The purpose of everything is simply to make more of themselves. The purpose of everything is reproduction. Nothing cares if people appreciate their existence, or have a use for them. Even Mosquitoes, Flies, Weeds, Spiders, Ants, and Mold. They ONLY exist to survive and replicate themselves for the continuation of the species.

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16 Responses to “What is The Purpose of Bugs, Mold, and Other Gross Things?”
  1. Glynis Smy Says...

    On September 28, 2008 at 5:41 am

    now I know why I don’t like blue cheese! this is a great angle you have chosen, a good read, please answer tho’ you say everything has a purpose…please explain the role of world leaders? what is there purpose? ;) No it’s ok I will just keep admiring the fly!

  2. Mark Gordon Brown Says...

    On September 28, 2008 at 9:53 am

    to Answer Glynis – the purpose of World Leaders is to give us something to complain about once we stop complaining about mosquitoes and mold.

  3. J&D Says...

    On September 28, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Awesome article and great read. I can still go without the flies though. I am hearing that annoying buzzing noise just thinking about them. Lol

  4. Eileen Says...

    On September 28, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Nice post and good for people to see that the food cycle exists and that we need all kinds of plants, insects and animals!! Thanks Mark :-) )

  5. John Says...

    On September 28, 2008 at 11:21 am

    These things have the same purpose as we do — to live! That’s the purpose of life itself, right? Simple as that. =)

  6. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On September 28, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    informative,nice pictures too

  7. B Nelson Says...

    On September 28, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    I am glad you included in the final paragraph that the purpose of anything is simply to reproduce and make more of themselves, and does not revolve around humans!!!

    Great link.

  8. eddiego65 Says...

    On September 28, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Yes, everything has a purpose! Very informative article.

  9. Tom W. Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Great article, Mark!

    This made me think of a quote by Kurt Vonnegut:
    “What is the purpose of life? To be the eyes and ears and conscience of the Creator of the Universe.”

  10. Allison West Says...

    On September 29, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Thanks for making me look at these creatures in a new light!

  11. R J Evans Says...

    On September 30, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Great stuff,., Mark, very cool article!

  12. tony Says...

    On October 3, 2008 at 6:56 am

    “The 20th ct will be proud mainly of its ideas of supply and demand (Nietzsche).” Cf. Frankfurt school (or other philosophers, e.g. Heidegger, Arendt asf. ) and their stance on thinking in means and ends (”purpose”); it’s just an effin contruct taken from economics and technology. A lawnmower has a purpose – to mow the lawn -, humans don’t (what would that be?). A purpose, IMO, requires a designer.

  13. CLAIRE Says...

    On November 6, 2008 at 4:38 am

    It is so nice so many info

  14. sudeep.bhaumick Says...

    On April 13, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    nice read…

  15. Matt Says...

    On August 9, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I came across your article as I was preparing for a Sunday School lesson. Your article helped me make an important point in the lesson. That God has a purpose for everything he created. He also has a plan for everyone he created as well. Thanks

  16. ccc Says...

    On January 27, 2011 at 6:30 am

    great advice

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