This morning I saw a blogging challenge that captured my imagination https://aroused.blog/2020/03/14/friday-fun-distant/
“a distant view can open our mind/hearts
especially at this time of health concerns and panic
So please share your photos or creative “distant” views
on the positives that can result from this current unrest?“
Last week a friend in Thailand sent me a link to an article he read in The Bangkok Post:-
“The rapid pace of deforestation, urbanisation and road building are major factors in the spread of infectious diseases across Asia, including the coronavirus, health and environment experts said on Wednesday.”
“Human health is connected to animal health, but also to the health of forests,” https://www.bangkokpost.com/
I was thinking about these ideas when I went for a walk in a lonely bush reserve yesterday. I took the photo below there then added the word at home on my computer.
After my walk I went to the supermarket to stock up as I have decided to self isolate because of underlying health issues. The supermarket was full of people doing exactly the same thing. The idea that we are experiencing a pandemic has swept into our collective psyche in much the same way as a major storm sweeps across the ocean. (I took the photo below a few years ago just as a big storm was about to make landfall.)
When I was in the supermarket a woman said to me; “Nothing like this has ever happened to us before.” She is completely right. We are in unknown territory now. None of us know where this is all going or what the outcomes will be. One unexpected side-effect is that people are beginning to re-discover older, quieter way of living that we’d forgotten about. In Italy people inside their houses are singing to each other across the empty streets. (I can remember that when I was a very young child a Swiss immigrant used to stand on his balcony yodel to a fellow countryman in a neighbouring street in much the same way that people in Italy are now singing). There are reports that people in Wuhan, China are hearing birds singing – something they thought didn’t happen in that crowded, frantic city. Suddenly, in the absence of traffic the sounds of nature are re-asserting themselves.
Who knows what will emerge in other parts of the world as more people self isolate. In my little world of friends and family I am hearing that people are doing things they’d all but forgotten about. I have started making my own bread. One of my daughters is preparing seeds to make her own sprouts. Others are return to handcrafts they used to do ages ago.
Swirling to us now – out of the mists of time – reconnection to an older, quieter and slower way of living.