I think Nature is trying to cull humanity. The 7.7 billion people on earth may have exceeded the earth’s carrying capacity. Every ecosystem has a carrying capacity, the number of fauna it can sustain. We are among the earth’s fauna.
The Plague and the Spanish Flu are previous examples of Nature culling humanity. The Plague, a 14th century pandemic, is estimated to have killed 25 million people in the known world, somewhere between 30 and 60 percent of Europe’s population. The 1918 Influenza pandemic known as the Spanish Flu wiped out about 675,000 Americans, 50 million people worldwide.
Now, the novel coronavirus which causes Covid-19 is on the scene, and fortunately, we know more about viruses now than we did 100 years ago. The coronavirus, which came out of nowhere with a vengeance and seemed to appear everywhere at once, is a version of a virus already known to scientists. What with social distancing, social isolation, and modern medical protocols, I doubt that the death toll will be as high as it was 100 years ago. Nature may not be able to make a sizable dent in humanity with this coronavirus. I certainly hope not.
I’ll have more to say about Covid-19 as we continue to isolate ourselves from one another and hole up in our homes waiting for leadership from the president that is obviously not forthcoming.
What are your thoughts about the coronavirus and the situation we find ourselves in now?