Scientists throughout the world have been busy searching for the answers regarding the origin and spread of this highly lethal pandemic that has shaken the roots of the world.
We always have been a diligent population, proud of our abilities to progress and research. Little did we stop and look around as to what have we done to the world.
Corona might or might not have been originated and spread through animals like bats.
But what is sure is that it is nature’s way to cleanse the earth.
After repeated crying, begging and shouting, mother earth had to resort to a violent act to let humans know who wears a hat in the nature vs man equation
Human ecological footprint has been on rise, as species are going into extinction. But we haven’t learned. We are still busy creating more fossil fuel, cutting more trees, changing the course of rivers, investing in industrial meat production and what not!
It’s like the tale of the pigeon and the cat. It is said that whenever a pigeon confronts a cat, he shuts his eyes because of the fear and imagines the cat has vanished.
We are surely amongst the dumb pigeons.
But the cat is pouncing with all its claws.
If corona wasn’t enough, India has been struck by a cyclone Tauktae that again proves the sea is cleansing itself.
Corona held the air from our lungs and cleansed the earth by massive deaths, now the cyclone is cleansing the sea. Again, the hubris of human is being destroyed along with lives and infrastructure.
Isn’t it time we take climate change, global warming and overpopulation seriously? Or are we gullible enough to believe we will live through it?
Have we not seen how pleistocene and holocene suffered mass extinctions specially of large mammals?
We won’ budge, because have ‘conquered’ the earth and are fit to ‘use’ it, whatever way we like. Isn’t that so?
Before answering that we must remember, that we may die the next day but the planet still moves on. The mountains, the forests, the rivers. Remember Lord Tennyson’s lines-
Men may come and men may go
But I go on forever.
This Anthropocene epoch might lead to the destruction of anthropos itself.
According to Hindu religion, the human life is made up of panch mahabutas or 5 elements: prithvi (Earth), agni (Fire), jal (water), akash (Sky) and vayu (Air). The earth has been using all these to destroy the human life itself. We did bear the brunt of excess water and rain from the sky (flooding throughout the world), fire (Amazon/Australia wild fires), earth (droughts throughout the world) and now the air (coronavirus) itself.
So, we shouldn’t be so proud of ourselves because Darwin’s natural selection is always at play and our intelligence won’t help us but our subservience’s to nature might!
Or else, we might stay put like the pigeon and let the cat take its course.