This morning (as I write this) I heard a commercial on a popular local radio music station reference the bright side of the worldwide COVID-19 lock-down. The ad was lengthy and extolled the virtues of human inactivity. It noted that, for the first time in memory, it is currently possible to see to the bottom of the canals of Venice. (Not if you can’t leave your home, it isn’t.) It touted “bluer skies,” cleaner air” and an increase in animal habitat, all because “humans are staying home.” I am not against clearer water, bluer skies, cleaner air, or expanded animal habitat, but I was nonetheless shocked to hear an ad touting the “brighter side” of the coronavirus given the fact that hundreds of thousands of people have recently perished because of it.
I have also seen a few articles such as the one in scmp.com magazine which began: “Think is animal in origin? Think again. It’s anthropogenic: caused by human activity. The pandemic is a human overpopulation problem. You don’t have to live in Mong Kok to know there are too many of us.” The author claims humans unchecked expansion into new habitats is “bringing us into increasing contact with wild-animal pathogens against which we have no biological defenses.” (No, it’s because some of us in a certain Asian country are bringing wild animals home to our wet markets and bio labs.) He continues: “As Agent Smith puts it in : ‘You humans […] move to an area and […] multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism […] that follows the same pattern […] a virus.’”
There you have it. We are the virus.
The author demands we “stop proliferating,” and says this is “something social distancing should make easier than ever.” He avers that global warming would be eased “by the presence of fewer people,” and wonders “Why are we not hearing the Catholic Church’s admission that the prohibition on artificial contraception was a dumb idea?”
Speaking of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis spoke from his library on Earth Day, making an impassioned plea for protection of the environment. The Pope, who has often spoken of the dangers of climate change, said of the coronavirus: "We see these natural tragedies, which are the Earth's response to our maltreatment. I think that if I ask the Lord now what he thinks about this, I don't think he would say it is a very good thing. It is we who have ruined the work of God. We have sinned against the Earth.”
What happened to “We are the work of God?”
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, among others, used Earth Day 2020 to call for governments to pursue "green recovery" in response to the coronavirus crisis. That has certainly happened, as governments around the world have reveled in their ability to modify and control their subject’s movements and behavior. According to a news.trust.org piece, ministers from Germany, France and other EU nations have already “signaled their support for subsequent interventions to align with climate goals.” Get used to “sheltering in place” Continentals.
Sadly, things aren’t any better in the U.S. Not too long ago, the vast majority of Americans believed in the Biblical characterization of mankind, as illustrated by the Book of Genesis: “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’” Now, many of the coastal, big-city elite believe we (meaning everyone but the coastal, big-city elite) are nothing but a blight, with no right to infringe on nature. We are the virus.
We have become ever less devout and ever more “progressive.” As we demean ourselves, we demean our Creator.
We have lost the truth, the light…and our way.