I’ve always said that mother nature is the most equalizing force in our world. Have you ever been entirely controlled by a natural force? Snowed in because of a blizzard? Had to change flights due to severe weather on your flight path? I bet we have all have witnessed her power at one point or another.
It doesn’t matter how much money you have, what color your skin is, who you voted for, if you’ve lied or cheated on a test in school or haven’t missed mass in years.
All of us must respect Mother Nature when she speaks. When she tells us to be quiet, we must listen.
The epitome of this equalizing force has been during the pandemic of COVID19. Mother Nature is speaking up. Her voice was calm at first and has increasingly risen to a blood-curdling demand. Just like a mother counting down to her child when they have done something wrong, she warns that the child will be reprimanded, put in time out, etc. at the end of her countdown.
FIVE… she begins.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has the goal of educating the US public on “the changing environment around them.” According to their data, since 1995, we have been in a “high-activity era”, where hurricanes from the Atlantic Ocean have been active due to the warmer phase of the Atlantic. Low activity eras should phase in within 20–40 years of the beginning of a high-activity era, so we should expect a low-activity era soon. But, since 1995, hurricanes from the Atlantic have claimed more than 6,100 lives and cost over $34 Billion to repair storm damages that occurred in the USA. We all remember the 2005 Hurricane Katrina right? Mother nature took 1,200 people from our country as a warning.
FOUR… you still fight against her threat.
In November 2018, The National Climate Assessment stated that the “US should expect worsening weather disasters…” The organization reported that damaging weather had already cost our country “nearly $400 Billion since 2015”. Kristie Ebi, a public health professor at University of Washington said that global warming was already harming people’s health, “but it will only get worse.”
Personally, I experienced one of these effects when I was living in San Francisco two years ago. Our sky turned brown due to smoke and the sun lit up like a red orb during the November 2018 fires in Sonoma Country. It was said that “the Camp Fire was estimated to be the most expensive natural disaster in the world [in 2018].” Fear was instilled in Northern Californians, but her warnings were not over.
THREE… her hand tightens around your wrist as she pulls you to time-out.
At University of California — Berkeley, those who study earthquakes know that “a flurry of very small quakes, or foreshocks, precede moderate or large ones…” — Dr. Daniel Trugman. He also stated in an interview in August 2019, ‘You are only sure it [was] a foreshock until after, yes.” Meaning that, only after a much larger earthquake will scientists be able to look back and see the foreshocks that precipitated the event. Mother nature creates foreshocks to intentionally wake us up.
TWO…. her volume rises.
Mother nature’s voice was heard in Australia in February 2020. An analogy of the human-like nature of the fires arose alongside the smoke. “What many of us have witnessed this fire season does feel alive, like a monstrous gathering force threatening to devour what we hold most dear on a continent that will grow only hotter, drier and more flammable as global temperatures rise.” — Damien Cave, bureau chief of The New York Times in Sydney. The toll was staggering — “57% of Australians have been directly affected by the bush fires or their smoke.” I had a friend on Facebook post that “Australia is burning.”
ONE…. her eyes narrow.
It seems that we chose to continue ignoring mother nature’s pleads for us to pay attention. To stop politicizing our natural land. Our world is breaking down. In the beginning of March 2020, a massive tornado tore through Tennessee and killed 24 people. This was the “most deadly tornado event in the United States since 25 people were killed in Lee County, AL, exactly one year ago, on March 3, 2019.” This tornado wasn’t the only warning that mother nature created. Over the course of 6 hours on March 3, 2020, there were 41 tornados dropped upon the people of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. The NOAA emerged again with a rare warning. The National Weather Service stated that wind gusts ranged between 136–165 mph. In comparison, the strongest wind speed during Hurricane Katrina of 2005 was 175 mph.
A direct quote from the World Health Organization stated that “A pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on 31 December 2019.” There is now discussion that the first case was found much earlier, around November 2019, but this has been unproven. Patient zero was infected at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. Then, on January 7, 2020, the cause of this mysterious form of pneumonia was named. Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) caused by the virus named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
Today is April 5, 2020 and COVID-19 has been diagnosed in more than 1.1 million people across the world. Yesterday was Saturday. The United States reported 1,094 deaths caused by the virus. In one day. That number may not be incredibly shocking, due to the natural causes of death that we see in our country each day. The difference now is that there is a nearly nation-wide lockdown and quarantine because we can’t control this virus.
Human beings are arrogant. Americans are particularly arrogant because we never expected the virus to touch our country. We were proven wrong and Mother Nature brought us a virus that we do not understand. We believed we were above the rest of the world, better than them perhaps — most definitely according to our current standing President. Americans stand corrected, as we struggle each day to keep up with the massive amount of suffering in our world.
As a Minnesotan, in the United States, we are not to go to any gatherings, stay 6 feet away from every person you make contact with, wear gloves and a mask when you are out in public, don’t see your friends, do not see the elderly (who have a much higher risk of contracting COVID-19), work from home, don’t travel, stay home.
Mother Nature has officially ended her countdown and we have been placed in time out.
We didn’t listen. I normally am a person to follow the rules, stay by the book. But, how to I help us get out of time out. Beg to mother nature that we really have learned our lesson!? I just want to be around others again, see my friends and family without fear of being reprimanded again.
But she was too fed up with our shit. Human beings have the ability to create catastrophic damage, but mother nature amplifies our destruction. Bringing our mistakes to the forefront of our lessons.
You listened in school right? If not, you were put in detention. If you didn’t wash your hands before snack time, you couldn’t partake. What would happen if you didn’t recycle and you got fined? I think it’s about time we reflect on our actions during this time out. It may be the longest time out you’ve ever had, but that’s because things have gone too far.
Our country is full of division and we haven’t been able to bridge our differences on our own so Mother Nature is forcing us together. Reminding us that we are tiny and our ramifications are large.
She is saying, “Don’t you know that you are all sharing the same oxygen I provide to you? Just remember how easily I can take away your freedoms when you discredit me. When you ignore science and state the ridiculous claim that science-based facts are not real. I’ll show you what’s real. COVID19 is very real. And I created it to equalize a divided world and remind you all that I have more power than an insignificant human can understand. So, start listening to and respecting me, or I’ll create an even longer and worse time out — relative to your misbehavior.”