It’s hard to comprehend that a virus could be so powerful on so many levels. It makes people sick, it takes lives, it travels across continents, it halts the workforce, it stops education as we’ve known it, it damages economies–giant corporations and small businesses alike are affected, it creates arguments of politics around to wear or not to wear a mask (in America anyway). It separates families and friends. It brings inequities, injustices to light. It commands that we save the world with better choices as to how we use the world. On and on. I bet you can add to this list and that if we analyze the list we make, it seems that we could find good and not so good within it.
I appreciate the perspective that the virus is giving us feedback. That any response from the earth is feedback to us as a human species. Often we act dumb in the face of such feedback. Often we ignore it for as long as we are able to. Often we try to outsmart it or upgrade our technology or continue more forcefully in the direction that we’ve been going. Even while we see that’s not helping. In fact, proceeding as we have been is making things worse. However, we don’t seem to know how to stop and turn ourselves around.
Why is that?
Why do some people accept that wearing masks could halt the spread of the virus and adamantly wear their masks in public? Why do other people vehemently object to wearing a mask at all? What is the motivating force beneath each of these stances?
These days, I am fortunate to live in an area that isn’t highly populated. Although we are now getting tourists in the summer. And our numbers have increased accordingly.
I get out very early and shop for groceries–when I shop early, the store aisles feel a bit more spacious and I feel calm as I shop. This is one thing that I can do to lessen the intensity of these times. When I shop early, I’m in better shape over the course of the day. Returning home with my weekly groceries, as I handle each item, wipe it down or rinse it in a pan of water, I am tuning in more to the particular item. I give it attention that I might not otherwise–a type of gratitude. Hmmm. Interesting. I note this. I could consider it a big hassle and I have…but today, no, I’m grateful.
I also notice the accumulation of plastic bags…the ones that don’t break down in a landfill, the ones that end up choking the sea creatures that we conveniently forget have a life down there in the astonishing depths. What am I to do with these plastic bags? Isn’t there, I wonder, an alternative to plastic!!! How brilliant are we that we can’t come up with a solution here? Wouldn’t our minds be put to better use in learning and practicing how to harmonize with our planet in reciprocal and beneficial ways? Instead of strategizing war tactics or how to make it big in the stock market. Think of the jobs that would materialize if we put our heads together to make the world a better place for all creatures great and small and including the earth.
“You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one…” from a song that we all remember. The truth is, we need to proceed wisely in a better direction or we won’t be earning our keep here.