Do we know what is happening to us?

background graphic redBy Pepper Parr

May 5th, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON

 

What’s happening to us?

We read that thousands have died – from something we don’t understand and nor do the scientists who are struggling to find a vaccine that will prevent the spread of the disease.

isolation - woman - window

Self-isolating

We are asked to stay inside as much as possible and when we do go out we are asked not to congregate with people. Don’t stop to talk to people – if you do keep at least six feet of space between people.

Grandfather at window

No hug – not even a Hi – just a wave

Children don’t get to see their grand parents; some parents don’t get to see their parents because they are in a retirement home.

We are told to wash our hands often – at least every hour.

We can’t go to work and when we are able to get back to work we are warned it is going to be a much much different environment.

How did we get to this point ?

There is a delightful children’s bedtime story – short – that has a lot for adults – it may have been meant for us and not the children.

There is something to think about for all of us in that short clip. Part of the answer as to what is happening to us is in that story.

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3 comments to Do we know what is happening to us?

  • Tom Muir

    Steve,

    My human economy and ecological history lesson must have hit a raw nerve in you.

    I just wish you would present your own counter-arguments based on counter-facts, instead of a fallacy of ad hominem attack, or attack the person of the speaker.

    It’s like an old legal strategy of when you don’t have a case of your own based on evidence, you attack the opposition.

    Your personal imputation of motives or reasons, and projecting them to me, is a complete fabrication. As far as my personal views and motives go, you present a bunch of crap – you know nothing.

    Please try harder next time to provide a credible case with at least a trace of facts presented with some civility.

  • Steve Holman

    It is hard to equate the virus with insatiable (or any other kind of) consumption – I see no link whatsoever between the two. It has certainly supressed some consumption with predictable effects on people who work in the affected areas. It seems the writer sees a utopian world in which we all live in villages, don’t travel, live a subsistence life with only the basics of life, and focus on how many of the worlds resources we are not using. Revenge of the biosphere indeed – maybe the virus if unchecked will kill enough people so you can experience your depopulated utopia. A bleak and unpleasant world it is.

  • Tom Muir

    This is something that Burlington ecologist Jack Vallentyne – Johnny Biosphere – would have called The Revenge of the Biosphere. Negative feedback to insatiable human consumption of the Earth. It’s in his book, Tragedy in Mouse Utopia.

    I hope that what’s happening to us is an awakening to where we are going to go if we don’t wake up.

    Something to consider in this awakening is the total human cause of this tragedy. It is constantly said over and over that the virus spread all over the world since the end of last year, 2019. This is an inversion and falsification of the truth.

    In fact, it was humans with their airplanes flying millions a day everywhere all over the earth that spread the virus, not the virus itself. Other multiple transports took over and amplified that spread – spreading the spread so to speak. That was and is US.

    We humans had become the single most dominant and heedless force on the earth, and now the consequences of that mindlessness has come home to roost – revenge of the biosphere.

    It is viruses that will inherit the earth, not our children.

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