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As we watch people we care about suffer, struggle without the luxury of restaurants and stores and sit in wonder about how they’ll deal with what they can’t control, let’s add a little compassion for the species beyond the human race. 

Animals and plants in the wilderness haven’t claimed a pandemic, they self-isolate themselves for protection and watch with uncertainty as humans separate themselves from nature. This global pandemic is a small taste of what various species around the world deal with constantly. They don’t have the means to project their concerns in ways humanity listens, but they’re also perseverant lives who must consider their survival first. They’re not concerned about money in their pockets, yet they work hard under uncertainty to exist beside us. 

Though our lives are in an upheaval, it’s time to drop luxury and status to return to love and compassion for all. It means sacrificing many enjoyments and it ensures survival for all. Animals aren’t stupid or unworthy of respect because they have different intelligence than humans, they’re simply a different form that shares in Life and survival. 

Please don’t jump back into normalcy without considering your place in nature and how your actions effects the world and your future. It’s time to embrace the hardship of survival to appreciate the gifts we possess and believe in our role as part of this world. If you don’t wish to live in pandemic circumstances forever, take time to consider how other species feel about the pollution we dump on them for comfort and enjoyment.