Life in the Time of Corona
Mary Gutierrez is an Environmental Scientist and Founder and Director of Earth Ethics and Earth Action. A poet, her first book Naked in the Rain was published in 2012. Several individual pieces have appeared in numerous zines and magazines over the years. Check out www.marytheauthor.com to learn more.
It’s been a little over a month since the World Health Organization officially called COVID- 19 a pandemic. Since then people have become divided on whether it’s a real pandemic or an elaborate hoax. I believe this division has nothing to do with expressing one’s opinion or beliefs, but it has everything to do with lack of education. And I’m not talking about whether someone went to college or not. I’m talking about educating yourself on an issue with unbiased information – science before politics. I guess it’s just human behavior to jump on one band wagon or another. Personally, I choose not to get lost in drama or misinformation.
While this might seem strange to some, I have no fear about what is happening now. Whatever is going to happen will happen. I believe this pandemic is the earth fighting back, and this perfect and beautiful system requires her inhabitants to live with her—not against her. I have never understood why we humans think that that we own earth and can control her. We don’t, we can’t, and we never will. She will always win. She produces hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and viruses. Too many of us are depleting her resources, not allowing her time to heal. She is the one reducing the virus that’s destroying her, and that virus is us. It’s biology and science; I accept this harsh reality. I will watch as she runs her course, and if she calls me to join her, so be it. I’ve spent the majority of my life fighting to protect her, and I will continue to do so until I am absorbed into her.
However, I am more than just a scientist--I am also a spiritual being aware of the intimate relationship we share with the earth. She is my church. She holds the creator within her, just as we do. The creator lives in the land, the air, the water and in other species--plant and animal. As we destroy the earth, we destroy the creator and ultimately ourselves. The earth is now fighting for all us.