We live in a beautiful world, so, if everything and everyone is connected on this big, beautiful Earth that we are lucky to be borrowing, then we must consider whether this novel coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19, didn’t simply improve on its known predecessors to adapt to a more hostile environment. I mean, we got melting poles…a massive continental burn-out (on land and underwater – put your lighters up for the coral of the Great Barrier Reef)…a pillaged and poisoned Amazon (don’t let it happen to you, too, Minnesota!) y ríos todos cochinos en capitales mundiales con #AguaQueMata…massive oil spillage(s) in the Gulf of Mexico,
20-50-100 years of active and willfully pointless war in the Middle East underscored by our communal reliance on fossil fuels, and conflict after conflict any and everywhere, really (what did peace ever do to us, anyway?)…a staggering deficit in development and equality and accessibility in Africa and India…alarming, normalized levels of pollution over China…and nuclear proliferation (hello, Hiroshima and Nagasaki – oh, and before it morphed into Emmy-winning entertainment, Chernobyl was widely considered to be nothing more than a disaster). Shall I go on?
Mes amis…we’ve kind of played ourselves, huh.
Today we stay in to keep healthy, to flatten the curve, to wish grace upon our scientific community so it may innovate effective inoculation, and not to overburden our tireless nurses, doctors, and caregivers, who don’t need us acting the fools on top of everything they already got on their plate. It is clear we got homework to do, anyway.
We do not need to panic.
We need to be mindful of what’s being asked of us with these shelter-in-place ordinances and careful, for others and ourselves. We’re in this together, and we’re gonna be alright, if we all work together and stay in, listen to the experts who know what they’re doing and what they’re talking about, keep our collective chill, and dare to imagine a new world in which our hostess, Earth, doesn’t try to poison our richly deserving asses – because we know how to be with it.
We got all the way to this point thanks to our resilience.