As we celebrate yet another World Environment Day today in the midst of the Covid pandemic, it should not be lost upon us that Mother Nature is conveying vital lessons to human beings. As the self-appointed smart alecks on earth, we have spent the past year floundering in agony over an indistinguishable virus.
Over the last one and half years, we have been grounded into long periods of isolation by Mother Nature, perhaps as a punishment for our unforgivable behaviour towards environment, driven by mindless greed. As we spend time in confinement, mother earth wants us humans to contemplate upon our actions and its effects on our environment.
Let’s look at 5 valuable lessons to learn from nature.
Do not mess with Nature
Speculation has been mounting recently that COVID-19 pandemic could have been caused by a lab leak where the coronavirus was being studied upon by manipulating the viruses to increase their infectiousness in order to study the potential damage on human beings. While the leak hypothesis is yet to be substantiated, there is no denying that such leaks have the potential to wreck havoc across the world.
The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci wrote in 2012 defending such studies stating that the knowledge from scientific research outweighs the risk of a potential man-made pandemic caused by such accident. The past one and half year has taught us that pandemic can be catastrophic. Humans should refrain from manipulating nature’s macrocosm as it can backfire on us with devastating fatal outcomes.
Best things in the World are Free
There is no ignoring the fact that the pandemic has forced many unfortunate people into poverty and hunger. While the luckier ones among us have been confined within the comforts of our home ensconced in the best of technology and luxury, yet we remain miserable and stressed. We are sheathed in arrogance over the way we can reach out and connect with the whole world while ruminating in despondency over the isolation. All we want is to feel the sun on our disencumbered face as we take a stroll up the hill or frolic with the waves on the beach with our loved ones. Nature has an all encompassing free treasure trove to keep us upbeat in a way technology can only try.
Nature is Powerful
Since time immemorial, humans have been exerting their power on every precious inch of nature’s treasures by encroaching and destroying earth’s resources. Today, the human race has been reduced into petrified prisoners in their smart homes. As we continue to plunder and exploit the treasures of nature, it is important to realise that nature has the potential to make or break the mortal humans. Respect the benevolent power of nature and safeguard its treasures for our future survival. COVID-19 has exposed our fragile existence.
Nature has no Boundaries
We live in great contentment finding solace in our identity marked by our race, religion or nationality. We have demarcating boundaries across mother earth to isolate us and keep us safe. COVID-19 came barging through these boundaries, mocking our flimsy barriers as if to show us that we are all one and the same. Yet, even as humanity fights the pandemic in unison, we continue to involve in violence over boundaries and space. The pandemic is calling on us humans to come together and build an inclusive and livable world.
Nature is a Survivor
Mother Nature is the biggest testament of survival, having made it through devastating afflictions since its existence. The enduring legacy of resilience, to hold on and flourish with the passing time has to be our biggest take away from mother earth. We have to come out stronger and wiser from the pandemic experience. The selfless inspirational acts of kindness give us hope that we humans are capable of unending compassion in adversity. The goodness of human race should reflect on Mother Nature in the aftermath of the pandemic.
As we fight the pandemic, let’s take solace from our guardian angel, Mother Nature who is the greatest healer and our only life source.