Even if you are totally overwhelmed with information on the coronavirus, you find that you can’t quite help getting pulled into studying the images, graphs, and maps of where the virus has been, and where it is going. The impulse to make sense of it all prompts you into tracking the virus’s trail. But the reality is that doing this is no less baffling than trying to follow the voles and moles paths crisscrossing your lawn. The futile attempt to try to make order out of chaos may allow some wee sense of control, but it all rings hollow.
Here’s an alternative approach. Look at the warren dens of tunnels, trajectories, and roads of contagion and realize that these pathways are the very same avenues that human kindness, compassion, and love travel — from one to the next to the next. The rabbit warrens of viral contagions are the same as the warrens that are roadways for empathy, uplifting and care. The suggested 6 feet of separation doesn’t hinder our six degrees of separation or the new lessons learned from the moles and voles in my yard.