Modern life is raucous in the best of times, but the ones we’re experiencing now would hardly qualify for high ratings. Day and night, we’re bombarded with images and descriptions of conflict and suffering. In fact, it’s hard to remember when the world has felt so unstable, so chaotic, so noisy. The future, it seems, has seldom been more uncertain.
In my experience, nature has ways of letting us know when something is not right, that something is out of balance. We’re seeing it in the form of a viral pandemic that’s ravaging our species, in blood and broken glass on our streets, teargas in our parks, smoke from burning buildings in our cities, in the despair that comes from decade upon decade of economic hardship and social inequity, and in the collapse of micro-environments and ecosystems around the globe.