Destruction & Debris
We humans march through time
With a sense of entitlement
What do I get? What do I want?
Sometimes we think about the collateral damage
Of our selfishness, and
Our brains manufacture in us
A sense of omnipotence.
We say that “man is created in the image of God”
To make us feel better when we think
We equate to God.
What arrogance and stupidity
Pour out from us and rain down
In a suffocating deluge on the Earth.
In a state of constant denial,
We cast debris wherever we go.
Human hurricanes of destruction.
Merrily we go along, resisting insight.
Now, we face an “outside”threat,
The novel corona
Something that wields the sword
And, like us, acts indiscriminately.
We fight and cry out against our fate.
Of course we do.
In crisis (and often only when faced with crisis)
We are spurred to prioritize
And cultivate the mighty compassion
That also lives within us.
But, why were we waiting?
And at what cost?
Many think nothing of unleashing death and mayhem
On animals, trees, air, water.
The unstated explanation (but no excuse):
We give no quarter to elephants
When we chase and cull them,
Shooting them from a helicopter flying overhead.
Why are we so surprised that the tables can be turned,
That nature sighs and heaves,
In an effort
To restore the balance.
We are the elephants running on the ground
The virus is the gun shooting us down.
Take a moment and consider empathy
Consider who we are
And the choices we make.