We went for a long walk today. Out in nature nothing changes. The coronavirus means nothing to the rest of life on this planet. It is refreshing. But it is also sobering. Nature doesn’t need us. We are far too big for our boots. We are dispensible. For all our arrogance, for all our impact, we are nothing more than just another species of life. We are of nature and part of nature but not in control of nature or more important than nature.
As I walked I found myself thinking that one day we will be gone. Nature will not miss us. It will regenerate. Our cities and artefacts will decay. We’ll be a thin layer in the rocks – a strata of self-importance. One day a virus will do for us all. Nature will shrug and move on.
Good riddance. We were too stupid and too clever, too destructive and thoughtless. We don’t deserve to be here.
Back home I was playing some Alexis Korner and thinking that at our best we can be so good. Why are we so bad?
I wrote my harper book and was despondent.
This virus is a warning. We need to change our ways or bow out.
All around me the incompetence shines.
In the UK – 16,171 new cases with 150 deaths
In the USA – 52,774 new cases with 679 deaths
In Brazil – 24,062 new cases with 461 deaths
In New Zealand – 3 new cases and no deaths
Some people are obviously messing up and some are doing it right!
It’s the same with inequality, poverty, violence, rights and working conditions, racism, sexism and justice. Some are not delivering – and it’s the same bunch of dumbasses.
But there is hope. Jacinda Ardern was elected with a landslide. What she said in her speech filled me with optimism. We can be competent, compassionate, empathetic and caring if we try. We just need to stop electing this unpleasant narcissistic sociopaths!! It can be done!