Nature is such a marvel!
Butterflies develop wing patterns that mimic, plants relay threat to other plants with a chemical response, birds recognise the call of their young among the din of thousands of others, and dogs develop a strategy to survive an alien environment.
There are many more examples right across the plant and animal kingdoms.
Our most credible scientific theory, to explain this seemingly magical development and adaptations of life, is Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. The two main principles are the relationship that all life has, and the natural selection in survival.
If climatic or geological changes takes place life adapts. If a particular type of behaviour is advantageous to survival it is repeated and becomes ingrained.
Bad habits can also be formed, when external chemicals, or internal chemical responses, override rational thinking.
Good always outweighs bad in the survival of the fittest.
Perhaps we should not be surprised when we discover nature at work in the most subtle and clever ways.
This may seem encouraging, but that is an emotional response. Nature does not need the emotions of hope or optimism. From our perspective it would be fair to say that nature is optimistic. Nature invokes beauty in the eyes of humans, but is ruthless too.
Humans exploit their habitat, they exploit the habits of animals, and they also exploit the habits of other humans.
Our self-made frameworks of habit are useful. But habits also make us vulnerable and dutiful.
I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty;
I woke, and found that life was Duty. –
Ellen Sturgis Hooper
The theme of exploitation runs deeply in our politics. Repetition, propaganda, the drip, drip of Fabian-like policy, pushing at the edges, instilling the desired behaviour, but it is a deceitful imposition.
Man’s success relied on understanding nature, the habits of animals and revolving seasons. When natural or human disaster happens habits are thrown aside. We reassess our habitat from necessity.
There is a holistic relationship between habitats and habits.
Will lockdown change our awareness and wake us from habits that are leading to oppression?
What changes will there be in our habitat? What habits will be discarded? What new habits will be formed?
Some common habits are linked to work and consumerism. The former will limit the latter where money is involved. Human relationships will be re-evaluated. With lockdown, the merry-go-round of life has stopped. For many it is a time to think.
As Homo clausurae emerge from their caves, they will have evolved. The sudden change to their lives will have a profound effect on their awareness and alter the evolutionary path of the species.
As each tentative relaxation of the restrictions come into force the changes will present themselves. There will be imposed changes that we will have no control over. Changes, we will be told, that are necessary to control coronavirus. Consequential and exploitative changes that will ride on the back of events. The flash of viral outbreak, and the rush of economic implosion will be followed by the social fallout.
There are two certain outcomes from this, a change in our habitat, and our habits. As a re-assessment of our lives is made, questions will be asked and answers demanded.
So many things about the way this virus has been responded to do not make sense to most people. The failure to control those coming into the UK, the low capacity of hospitals, the closure of parks and open spaces, the sheer volume of irrational policies or bungling of Government decisions, the failure of ‘scientific models’ and the vindictive, imbalanced enforcement of lockdown laws. These factors are not alone. Supporting the real pandemic, that of cognitive dissonance, is a social media flush of dissent.
For once apathy is of no use to the afflicted, and therefore of no use to the powers that be. People have suffered inconvenience and loss of freedoms. Those driven by fear, like cattle, are starting to wonder where they are being herded. At the very best we have yet another confirmation of ineffectual leadership, and at worse another exposure of deceit.
The threat to our survival, or certainly the survival of our way of life, is now in the open. But wasn’t that always going to happen? Wasn’t this a natural sequence that had been set in motion a long time ago? The British public have already had to vote against the imposition of a loss of sovereignty, even in the face of Project Fear.
Now the present limitations and restrictions on our freedoms are apparent. It is very much a ‘make your mind up’ year.
Habits broken will not be easily reinstated. It will be too late to put Humpty together again. We will have to choose between liberty and safety, even if one believes that we are more threatened by Covid-19 than say, influenza, suicide, bankruptcy, paedophilia, pollution and corruption. They all take lives too, in their own ways.
If you have ever seen Lily of the Valley pushing up concrete, or considered the wonder of birds collecting for migration, one cannot help but wonder at the power of nature. There is no emotion involved, no praise and no forgiveness, only survival and beauty within the laws of nature.
Our politicians, scientists, and leaders generally, will not be forgiven. They will not be forgiven for removing us from our natural path, from ruining lives and trying to cover up their incompetence.
Nature applies to humans as much as to any other life on our planet. We too are creatures of habit, we too are survivalists, and subject to natures laws. Those who wish to subjugate and control may have grabbed a tiger by the tail, if they think they can pervert nature.
The British have been given the opportunity to rethink their commitments, their allegiances and change their habits.
Diversity over conformity.
Small over big
Enterprising over submissive
Freedom over slavery
Survival is Nature’s forte.
We have much to be emotional about, to be thankful for, and happy, as nature is on our side.