“I believe in the cosmos. All of us are linked to the cosmos. So nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred. Trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals. Being at one with nature.” Mikhail Gorbachev
Nature is sacred but it can seem cruel too. As Mr Gorbachev points out in his article in Time, the complexity in our global approach to life has helped fuel the spread of COVID19.
And with complexity can come fragility. As one domino falls, so do the others. Life changes in ways that we can’t imagine. The shops are closed. The roads are empty. And we are learning new lessons in life about how to slow down.
Yet 15,000 people are still flying into the county each day without being screened. We should not be flying anyway and this is a great opportunity to call a final halt to the developed world’s obsession with air travel. We just don’t need to do it.
We must use the crisis to make changes and not simply hope for a return to ‘normality’. There was nothing normal or natural about our lives pre-COVID. We have an opportunity and we must take it as the lockdown lifts.
Nature is sacred and she has every right to bite humanity on our collective bums when she wants to. Perhaps we can make it just a little harder for her to bite all of us at once? Simplifying our lives, giving up on globalism and embracing the local, understanding that there are limits and that balance is essential, and really importantly understanding which are the important jobs.
We may have appreciated health care workers reasonably well but the importance of those working in supermarkets, delivering items to our doors, growing and picking our food has been completely ignored. The NFU has said that we are 70,000 workers short and there are now flights to bring people in from Eastern Europe. This is bonkers. Those out of work because they work in unnecessary jobs need to volunteer to work on our farms.
There are few jobs more important than growing food!