Chapter 37 “God, Darwinism or Mother Nature’s revenge”
Not that I am tied into the evangelical movement but one would have thought there would be a widespread outcry that all these viruses were God’s revenge against the sins of humanity. It would have made marvelous sense but the evangelicals were for the most part quiet. In the U.S. during the first wave of COVID-19 their silence might have meant they were having more serious issues at hand. The re-election of their favoured Donald J. Trump as president. I mean one really has to admire a president having the police gas out peaceful protestors out of the way so he could walk to a church and hold a Bible up in the air. He never bothered to ask the church authorities if he could take this photo-op. Obviously to the thinking person this was nothing but a cheap marketing attempt and the man cared more about manipulating an important part of his support than he would ever care about evangelicals.
What was more common was calling the fatalities caused by the virus as a simple expression of Darwinism where the strongest survive. Many just shrugged and said when asked about the “cull” in long-term care residences the old and sick were picked off as a Darwinist act. They also said that those with comorbidities such as diabetes, heart conditions and obesity were part of the weak link therefore the first to go. All this may have been true to a degree as callous as it may seem. These people were also upset that seniors were getting the vaccinations first “as they were close to death anyways”.
Modern medicine has managed to increase the lifespan of many that would otherwise would have been dead decades ago. For many that was a blessing but for others a cruel prolongation of a meagre and miserable life. To be honest one had to ask why these comorbidities existed? Could it be poverty and racism that placed minorities such as blacks, indigenous peoples and Latinos in a disproportionately high infection and death rate? And in long-term care facilities that were responsibly managed the death and infection rates were far lower that the improperly managed facilities. So if there was Darwinism at play you might want to say it was not pure Darwinism but social and economic factors that made many minorities easy pickings.
Then were those that thought Mother Nature was striking back at humanity that was killing her with pollution, deforestation and a constant spew of toxins. The number of natural disasters preceding the COVIDs could have been a warning the earth simply couldn’t manage much more abuse so kill off millions and take the strain off the earth. A very appealing doctrine but Mother Earth chose her weakest victims primarily in the developing world. In one day Brazil had more COVID-19 infections than Canada had in three months.
Take your choice as to those theories but I will blame human negligence, political opportunism and poor long-term planning by politicos initially hailed by many as heroes fighting an epic battle but then raked over the coals and displaced by coups and assassinations for letting their medical systems decline to such a state that the viruses took such a toll.