as may strides on confidently towards the summer, buttercups replacing bluebells, the wind blowing wet lilacs across the garden, human beings seem a little confused.
we're clearly having a wake up call, but people seem to be waking up in different realities.
it's a choice point, for sure.
i'm choosing to go with complexity (rather than fall for the popular movie-narratives presently advertised), to try not to shame anybody for their feelings or conclusions, to stick with the universal law of cause and effect as an adequate explanation for the way things are going down, and lead from logic and compassion.
it's a tall order some days. rampant global capitalism and consumerism have rendered addiction, escape and numbing out to the consequences so normal it seems almost insane not to climb on that train when pain or problems arise.
facing up to the fragility, not to say untenability, of all the abusive systems that have been running the economy, food, healthcare, education, mainstream ideas of freedom and desire, etc for as long as i can remember is hard - whether you find them comforting or oppressive. and at this crunch point, when it becomes obvious that things can just stop, can radically change, and indeed that they must - it could go both ways.
civil liberties disappear as fast as ice in the arctic circle, and more visibly. totalitarianism can take root fast in this ground. at the same time the opportunity to prioritise what really matters and act accordingly arises more sharply than ever, as some of the narcotics - the distractions, the painkillers, the entertainments, have been temporarily (?) removed.
it's a fundamental choice between acting as if we were isolated entities in competition with each other, fighting for resources and imagining the worst of 'the others' or acting as the inter-related system we indisputably are from the point of view of a virus.
while it might look as if we're losing the power to control our everyday lives, our freedom to control our own minds is not frivolous, it's fundamental.
the real power has always been in the earth itself and the elements of which it is composed. without this we are simply not here at all.
the real power is also in love, without which none of us would have survived this far.
these are the things to fight for, to protect and to nurture, wherever we are, and however we interpret what's happening.
let's concentrate our attention, sharply, here.