A Much Needed Deep Breath For Our Planet

I say this with great care because I'm well aware how many people around the world are suffering right now, both physically and financially. But I feel it needs to be said:
While covid-19 has been a catastrophe for humanity it's been a blessing for our Planet Earth.  With humanity hitting the pause button on itself the Earth is  a little cleaner, less polluted, quieter than it was just a few months ago.

The negative impact of humans on our planet has been growing exponentially. As witches we feel this acutely. We live close to the Earth. We understand her and we feel her suffering. We know all she can offer and what we need to give her in return, and we can't understand why so much of humanity is blind to her.
These last few months through all the hardships we're living through there  has been something else that's not hard at all to take. The highway near my house is often quiet, and I hear the birdsong so easily, so abundant. There's a feeling in the air that's difficult to explain but it's like Earth is taking a deep breath.

All the talk is when are things going back to normal. But to me nothing was normal to begin with. I can't count the times I've watched a pristene view bulldozed for a giant warehouse complex, read about how the President is taking protected lands and turning them over to industry, seen the haze of smog and pollution on a hot summer day, driven by carcas after carcas on the highway of animals whose great transgression was daring to search for food where humans pass, and asked my Lord and Lady to take back their planet from destructive hands of men.

I don't want to be misunderstood: I'm not saying people deserve to get sick or die from this virus. I don't wish negative thoughts on anyone, and if anything some of the touching stories I've seen on the news has renewed some faith in humanity for me. But I don't want things to go back to "normal". I want better than that. I would like to see a new normal, and a new age of enlightenment where man can go back to living with the planet instead of against her.

 

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