Letter: Thinning of the herd?

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Editor of the Reformer,

I get a kick when I hear people talk of saving the planet. Not that I am opposed to improving our ecology or stopping climate change, but I chuckle at the hubris of earthlings who think they can save the planet.

Beginning as a bunch of dust that formed into bunches of rocks that formed an orb called Earth, the planet was then struck by another planet about the size of Mars. It endured that collision and a myriad of further collisions during the Late Bombardment. It has endured several massive extinctions and multiple asteroid and comet crashes. And we mere mortals think we can save the planet. Sorry, all we can do is to try to keep the place habitable for us. If we fail to do so, and if the planet gets into a severe greenhouse situation, we may all die off, but Mother Earth will survive and thrive to deal with the next dominant species.

But, every once in a while, Terre takes matters into its own hands and thins out the herd. Volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, and fires help keep the population down, but sometimes it resorts to disease. Things like the plague and the Spanish flu are examples.

Toward that end I have called the Coronavirus the Darwin virus. Apparently, young, healthy individuals are virtually immune, while older and sickly people are dropping like flies. If it wasn't the planet doing it to us, I would call it genocide. If a billion people get sick and the current mortality rate of 3.55 holds, were talking almost 50 million of us old timers who are doomed. And as an 80-plus Lymphoma patient living with an 80-plus Alzheimer's patient, I'm afraid it may be coming for us. On the plus side, at least we won't have to deal with the lunatic in the White House anymore.

Bob Fagelson

Brattleboro, March 10

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