We trash the planet. We rot it within -- littering, polluting, killing other species for our own profit. We are in fact the virus. We are destroying the “body” we live inside.
The Coronavirus is, in a way, the “antibodies” of Nature’s immune system, attempting to rid the parasite within her. It is when this microscopic attack on us comes that, together, as a global community, try and put a stop to it.
It is during times of struggle that we set aside our differences and focus on the commonalities we all share, the common goal. In this case, the common goal is to eradicate Coronavirus as soon as possible.
That leads us to ask:
What's it going to take for us to live as one always?
Right now, people are offering neighbors food, making healthcare workers homemade masks, or just sittin’ back on the couch embracing laziness in order to stop the spread. It’s all for the sake of the greater good. There are people "waking up" to the connection we share now because of this COVID-19 outbreak, so we're headed in the right direction.
So it seems.
Then again, the human species has survived various plagues in the past. The advice always being something to the effect of "relax. stay calm", like a true ProcrastiN8r. Even before we landed here on the shores of Lazy Island, the wisdom of takin’ it easy has been passed on for centuries.
Marcus Auerlius, the Roman emperor and great Stoic philosopher, for example, urged his people during the Antonine Plague to not fear death because worse than disease was moral decay and corruption. In his writings, Meditations, he consistently talked about the connection of humans to nature too.
”Conduct yourself in all matters, grand and public or small and domestic, in accordance with the laws of nature. Harmonizing your will with nature should be your utmost ideal.”
He later died of said plague and on his deathbed, encouraged his Co emperor and advisors not to mourn but to focus on passing on the heir to his son, because the people needed a leader to inspire them and maintain order.
“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.”
He too understood the importance of everyone playing a role for the bigger picture and not to allow emotions of the Ego to lose sight of that, not to panic or give into fear, and to accept death as a fate.
Still relevant wisdom today. He was lazy af! A real Dude! A real ProcrastiN8r.
And that was nearly two thousand years ago!
We have reached this sort of "test" many times in our human history, where our ability to work together is put on trial.
We are reminded to become One.
We pass. We gather as One. We get through. But then...we forget. Almost immediately after the crisis is resolved. Such a shame!
What we learn from history...is that we never learn!
We’re complete dumb ass apes, who think we Know It All
We go back to serving the Ego instead of the Universe. We go back to trying to be different, rather than the same. We go back to hoarding rather than sharing. We go back to working hard, rather than embracing our laziness. We go back to being stressed and anxious instead of cool, calm, and collected. We go back to telling our lies, hiding behind the protection of Ego, instead of being our True Selves. We go back to building our esteem on material possession, rather than love for others.
Then another global crisis hits -- a natural disaster, a disease. And we realize our sense of unity as we come together to keep everyone safe. Soon after, we forget about that unity that we always share, even when times are not struggling, again.
This is our cycle. It always has been.
We get so close to Nature then quickly abandon her as soon as we passed her “test”. We fail to hold on to the value of the lesson, the value of Harmony. We teach our children Ego is necessary for survival rather than Harmony and that selfishness is passed on from one generation to another. We are all naturally selfish, but it is our culture (parents, teachers, coaches, etc.) that encourage it to linger. Selfishness separates us though and has us fighting rather than sharing. It has us hoarding, rather than taking just enough. It has us stressing instead of relaxing.
We always leave where we’ve come from. We do come back, on occasion, when there’s a crisis on a global scale. We rush back home to put the fire out, then leave as soon as it's out.
However, we haven't been able to "stay" home, United together in the place we were before we were born, in Nature at its purest form. We leave for our own adventure and wind up getting lost over and over again.
The difference is now, we're sort of running out of time to learn that lesson of Harmony and stay home permanently. We don’t have much more leeway to find ourselves, return Back to Nature, and keep it that way.
Because there's only so much abuse Mother Nature can take before she hits back and decides to rid us completely. There are only so many times we can fuck up before she labels us as “A fuck up” and puts an end to our tiny existence in the cosmos entirely. We’re testing her patience, and she’s about had it with us.
We have to Wake Up. We have to Remember. We have to connect to our human past. We have to live in Harmony with the source in which we came from
For if we don't, well, then... we're done for, as a species. It’s over, for us.
Even then, it's okay. It’s all good, fam. Nature will balance herself out. People say we need to “save the Planet”. Well, as George Carlin put it:
“The Planet isn't going anywhere....WE ARE!”
We'll serve our purpose to her no matter what path we choose. She'll be fine. She’ll be completely unfazed by how we treat her, how we pollute her.
In the words of Carlin, the Planet will “Shake us all off like a bad case of fleas.”
All she wants is for us to be a part of her and work *with* her, not against her -- to serve the purpose of Nature and not just push our own agenda.
Of course, it doesn't much matter if we decide to come together or not because either way, every human dies, United or not.
It's just a matter of whether or not generations of our species will continue to be a part of Nature and thrive, or if we’ll become a long forgotten myth in the stories of the cosmos.
So to answer the burning question.
What will it take for us all to live together?
The answer is actually quite simple, actually.
Remembrance. That's all.
Remember who we are, where we came from, and how our ancestors have found her before.
We are not unique individuals, no matter how hard we try to convince ourselves and others that we are, but are actually one and the same. We have a common goal to create peace and prosperity, not for our country or whatever role we identify as, but for the world.
Remember our death. Those ancestors are gone. And one day both you and I and everyone we know will be too.
It is the Ego that tries to protect the individual self from dying (and hoard TP for that matter). The Ego brings fear of death. The Ego wants to deny it, doesn't even want to think of it.
Unity brings acceptance of it. It's nothing to fear. Just a cycle of Nature.
You can focus on what matters when death is not the enemy, nor other people, but Ego is!
Remember Laziness. Go with the flow, rather than trying to swim against it. Relax and abide by the laws of Nature.
Working hard for the sake of fame or wealth is the finger that cuts itself off. Hoarding more than we need
Remember all we could ever want to be happy is within ourselves. Happiness is a decision, not a number on a paycheck or the size of a house.
Live a lazy lifestyle full of frugality and appreciation for the little things. Find wealth in what you already own, rather than what you do not. Live in the present.
We need to remind ourselves every single day on this Earth of the lessons she teaches us, not just during this Coronapocalypse but always.
Practice looking for similarities over differences.
Just like any parent, teaching their kid, if the punishments don't teach, then she'll kick 'em out of the house."
That's us. A little kid inside Mother Nature's house. She's gonna kick us out if we don't learn to get along with our siblings and to stop "taking from the cookie jar" to satisfy our own childish pleasures or breaking furniture to ease our fears.
And how do WE all remember?
Start with yourself. You remember. I remember too. Because you are we and so am I.
Stop working hard to serve the selfish purposes of the Ego. Relax, lay back, and enjoy your inner-peace with Nature. Be humble, be lazy with your desires. Play your role -- do just enough for the good of all, not just for the good of making a name for yourself.