As we celebrate yet another World Environment Day today amid the Covid pandemic, it should dawn upon us that we have vital lessons to learn from nature. As the self-appointed smart alecks on earth, we still 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 the environment, driven by mindless greed. As we spend time in confinement, mother earth wants us, humans, to contemplate our actions and their effects on our environment.
Let’s look at 5 valuable lessons to learn from nature.
Lesson to not mess with Nature
There has been mounting speculation recently that the 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 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 wreak 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 have taught us that pandemics 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. The luckier ones have safely ensconced within the comforts of home with the best of technology and luxury. Nonetheless, we remain miserable and stressed. Even being shrouded in arrogance over the powers of technology that allow us to connect worldwide, we also brood in desolation over the isolation. Eagerly we wait to feel the sun on our disencumbered faces to take a stroll up the hill or frolic with the waves on the beach with our loved ones. Nature’s all-encompassing liberated treasure trove is more precious than any intelligent technology.
Lesson to Learn that Nature is Powerful
Since time immemorial, humans have been exerting their power on every precious inch of nature’s treasures by encroaching with greed on earth’s resources. Today, the human race has demoted to petrified prisoners in their own smart homes. As we continue to plunder and exploit the treasures of nature, COVID -19 has exposed our fragile existence showing us that nature holds the power to make or break mortal humans. Our future survival hinges on how we respect and safeguard the benevolent mother nature.
Lesson to Learn that Nature has no Boundaries
We find immense contentment and solace in our identity marked by our race, religion, or nationality. As a result, we have to terminate boundaries across mother earth to isolate ourselves and keep ourselves safe. Nevertheless, COVID-19 came barging through these boundaries, mocking our flimsy barriers as if to show us that we are all the same. Yet, we continue to involve in violence bickering over boundaries even as humanity fights the pandemic in unison. 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. Thus, the biggest takeaway from mother earth has to be her enduring legacy of resilience, to hold on and flourish with the passing time. We need to come out strengthened as well as wiser from the pandemic experience. Moreover, the selfless inspirational acts of kindness give us hope that we humans connect with unending compassion even in adversity. The goodness of the human race should especially 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 undoubtedly the greatest healer along with our only life source.