Thy Mother’s Champion
Similar to numerous other denizens of our precious planet Earth, since the onset of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, I have very much felt cheated by society, for a number of reasons. In addition to the many general reasons fairly well-understood by all of us come such an historic crisis, I have been made to contend with personal betrayals of no apparent rhyme or reason, betrayals that at one point threatened to throw my entire life into disarray whereof it has not so much been the whom of it all, but the what insofar as the principle of these matters.
However, the most sobering aspect to all this has not been anything I have witnessed of my own personal struggles so much as the struggles of countless others whereof I daily observe life to be so much more challenging than my own life—for friends and strangers the world over—made more challenging, still, by a society that has largely, and seemingly eagerly, turned its back on people in a collective, selfish bout to return to a normality that is no longer possible.
Indeed, society seems stubbornly intent on us simply returning to work and carrying on as if nothing had ever happened; but, unfortunately, this is not something that is going to happen, and this will only become more obvious as time goes on. The reason is this is not something that can happen, if even every single one of us wills it so. For example, personally, my source of income hinges almost entirely upon marketing via Twitter, a social medium that simultaneously exists as advertising apparatus and global window into a world now suffering plagues and war each thereof a magnitude not seen since the Great Depression. There is also the grave matter of income, wealth, and all-around socioeconomic inequality across the globe. I am exposed to this on a daily basis, and I am far from the only one.
For all intents and purposes, these are my “office” work conditions, whereof I am expected to work each day and pretend as if none if this is happening. This is not sustainable—not for me, not for many others. However, I have learned the hard way that to do otherwise is to inconvenience the masses with “negativity” and evoke what I see as little more than insulting lip service masquerading as concern for my mental health—as if I have not family, friends, and acquaintances all over the world being affected by all of these things in some capacity or other, to say nothing of yours truly, particularly as a neurodivergent, yet “undiagnosed” for reasons of having none the time, resources, nor wherewithal within my present situation to address this in any “official” capacity. While this, itself, is not a per se emergency (something that unfortunately cannot be said of many others facing similar dilemmas), it is a part of myself only recently realized and just beginning to be understood, which is a huge deal, as any neurodivergent is wont to tell anyone—a subject I yearn to further explore, myself, for what I presume to be obvious reasons. Unfortunately, this unrelenting, nonsensical capitalist rat-race, being what it is and all, means I-…well, you get the idea, I think.
Though, by no means do I view that of my own personal struggles as significantly challenging relative to a great many others I now observe on a daily basis, and, in my humble opinion (likely, in truth, to be taken as one teetering on sanctimonious), it takes something of a moral monster—or, an individual of such profound ignorance—to simply ignore the state of the world right now and, furthermore, to just proceed as one would have done prior to that of a global pandemic, a potential world war, mass revolts against social injustice, astronomical increases in wealth inequality, a collapsing healthcare industry, inhumane economic conditions of a likewise declining economy (domestically, as well as internationally), worldwide collapse of democratic governance, and, not least of all, a very palpable but unspoken stress from many a personal situation now impacting the mental health of even the most level-headed among us.
And yet, it is with great bewilderment that I watch many of you do exactly this—ignore it—and you do so, furthermore, in such great numbers that groupthink hopelessly overwhelms rationality whereby ignorance continuously reinforces ignorance, and dissent and inconvenient opinions become swiftly marginalized, often resulting in individuals who diverge too far from the central tendency of human behavior being ostracized—be this via excommunication from occupational industries, extracurricular organizations, companies, corporations, or mainstream popular culture—even so, when these individuals present fact and rationale nary a one can deny. Society, as it were, has gone insane.
Unfortunately, such words do little to dissuade the masses from the status quo, even though the status quo most certainly puts us on the path to imminent extinction. I am, therefore, having great difficulty discerning the true enemy in all of this insanity. Is it, indeed, the likes of a virus, threatening human society as we know it? Or, is it, by any and all factual accounts of the matter, human society, itself, existing as the most significant threat to life on this entire planet? After all, which of these two things can be said to be existing, objectively, as a most natural champion of nature, tempering the greatest of her foes and showing itself as the more promising for the continuity of life on Earth? Whereas, the other one most certainly seems to exist only to corrode and kill everything it touches, including, no less, its own self.
Mother Nature, via its wondrous, biological mechanism of evolution, has thus far brought us through five mass extinctions, and over a span of an estimated 14-million years, at that. Yet, despite this virtually timeless and extraordinary genealogy—at least, insofar as in relation to that of so-called “civilization”—tomorrow is never guaranteed, not for Homo sapiens; not for any other singular species in existence; not even for phenomenal life, itself.
Insofar as we can discern from our meager, human perspective within this boundless and majestic cosmos, life seems a rare and precious thing, and something as peculiar as human consciousness, even more so. Considering as much, I do not forget my dear mother, and all of humanity would do well not to forget her either, whereof I speak of Mother Nature, of course; whereas, you all seem most content to slaughter her in her slumber. Such treachery! Though, matricide will be the least of your moral monstrosities on the current trajectory, as your crimes transcend the mere magnitude of moralism into the existential, for your crimes possess no less than existential implication—implication for all observers yet known to exist within the bounds of the known universe.
What is more is I know not a single argument able to strongly oppose any of these claims, for each claim stands independently as existential fact within a reality whereof each of us shares and, therefore, a reality wherein each of us, as individuals, exists as retainer for both perceptual, subjective reality, as well as that of our conceptual, objective reality. Thus, it is not just a natural prerogative we retain, so to speak, but rather, necessarily, an existential obligation as individuals to hold any and all extant threats to our reality accountable, both subjective and objective, by any means necessary—whether these threats come from individuals (of any species), family, friends, communities, nations, cultures, or the entire civilizations, for each of these are but constructs birthed from the conceptual, within and not without (or, this is to say, existing not beyond) that of nature. Therefore, each of these things falls secondary to life and, especially, natural existence, i.e. “Mother Nature”.
It is by this reasoning that I claim to argue that which is the intent of Mother Nature, herself, for life has always found a way and, here in this moment, one can but assume we (whether “we” be humanity, us, me, or only just you) are indeed the way, equipped with consciousness, imagination, and our most treasured, so-called “reason”. Of course, whether with these unique tools of nature we ultimately prevail is a thing yet to be seen—and, if not collectively, then, hopefully, individually, as a force in opposition to that which has so far demonstrated itself to be only an enemy of Mother Nature: one of the likes of her very own creations—that species, infamously known as, Homo sapiens.
As Malcolm X most memorably said, “You’re living at a time of extremism—a time of revolution—a time when there’s got to be a change. The people in power have misused it, and now there has to be a change and a better world has to be built, and the only way it is going to be built is with extreme methods. And I, for one, will join in with anyone—I don’t care what color you are—as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this Earth”. This applies to no other time in history more than the era wherein we currently exist. Alas, I know to whom I foremost owe my loyalty. I assure you, my kin, it is to neither humanity nor this so-called “civilization”—be this even on pain of death.