The human population is slowing down and radically changing its behavior. Entire populations are self-isolating out of fear and prudence, compassion and survival instinct. This period of isolation and solitude thrust upon everyone can be used by us to self-reflect, read, meditate, recuperate, write, create, hike, sunbathe, exercise, dance, pray, and re-discover ourselves and our purpose on Earth. This huge game changer of our lives can be a blessing and opportunity for all of us. Like a holiday for our souls, this global pandemic is a giant reset of our lives, our routines, business institutions and governments. While we temporarily withdraw from each other both individually and as countries, let us pull together as a devout human family that will handle the incredible stresses, drama and anxiety of living through a pandemic with major attending economic changes. There is plenty of anxiety in the financial news about the situation, so let’s also distance ourselves from the greedy sirens of commerce and focus on what really matters.

According to predictions, large numbers of people are going to get sick and die in the next several weeks. As we deal with our collective shock and grief, we can also extend sympathy and love to our relatives in the animal realm. When people begin to revere the animal realm with proper respect and humane treatment, we will see the disappearance of horrible cross-over viruses and other awful diseases.

In 1854 Chief Seattle warned in his famous environmental speech, “What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of the spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.”

There are wonderful food choices that don't involve eating meat.

Randy Bofinger

Mount Shasta