PANDEMIC = PAUSE
by Romy Shiller, PhD
What do I mean by pandemic equals pause? Well, we’ve been given the time to reflect on our intrusion into the natural world or rather, how our presence affects it. You do not need to be a follower of Green politics to see how our retreat from socialization has generated cleaner air and water and the re-emergence of animals into our spaces.
It is unbelievable that the virus attacks the lungs, makes breathing problematic and our air has never been more breathable -think about it. I think that we have been given very clear examples. We can choose to learn from them or not.
A CBC article on basic income for all says, ‘The next time the world is blindsided by a global emergency, the economy will better survive it if everyone is paid what they need to survive it -- before it hits, experts say.’ I don’t think that most people would do nothing. I think that people could pursue what they love to do rather than what they are forced to do to make rent.
Imagine giving incentives to students … want to be an engineer? We’ll pay for you to study how to make an electric car. Want to be an architect? We’ll pay for you to study solar panels or wind power for homes. Where do we get the money? Let’s take what’s invested in the military.
War? No. Guns? No. Put your rage elsewhere, like in Art. Write a poem or song. Paint or draw. Hunting? Seriously?
Universal Healthcare. I am a Canadian and used to this. For me, it is a no-brainer.
We can live in what we consider to be a Utopia. We have a choice.
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