The beauty in this "bacterium" is that most of it is self aware enough to see its own impact, as you clearly do, Michael. We can see that a select few seem to thrive in sh*t. That's nature I suppose.
Well, good news is, we're not fungus. We are intelligent human beings capable of seeing the shortcomings of our ways. We have only begun to be Globally self aware. We, as a whole, are not the problem. Only the "cancerous" among us are. And if we are able to become the disease, then we are equally capable to be the cure.
But the disease has so much influence over our organic system. It has become such an efficient parasite. Draining our energy to the point where all we can do is stare at it as it sucks us dry.
We have lit the flame of Truth and it's growing into a fire. Grab a stick, get it red hot and burn the leeches off.
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin