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March 31, 2020

Dear Mankind: A Letter From the Virus.

 

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Relephant read: Elephant’s Continually updated Coronavirus Diary. ~ Waylon

Dear Mankind,

Thank you for inviting me.

You have been a wonderful host.

From country to country, you’ve helped my blooming personality flourish and thrive.

I’m here to teach you vital lessons you couldn’t learn for yourself: to challenge you to change,

To let your polluted air and waterways have a break, to let the fish return to play in your bays.

I’m here to show you who’s who—the hoarders from the helpers.

To remind you of the ripple effect, and just how far one ripple may extend.

I’m here to make you rethink policy, and the infrastructure you rely on.

To aggressively challenge you to check on your parents and grandparents more often than you have been.

I’m here to remind you that so many people fight battles you cannot, for yourself, see.

To teach you that there is still much uncertainty out there, yet to be unveiled.

I represent, in full, the challenge of existence.

I’m here to remind you of the adaptable, advanced lifestyle and pace that each of you were so humbly afforded.

I came to make you think about the people whose lives you’ve touched and whose lives they’ve touched because of you, and so on.

To remind you of your past—of plagues, disease, and wars that came before you—that will surely come again.

I’m only forcing you apart, to teach you that the vitality of working together—only benefits the progress of mankind.

I’m here to tell you that the same connectedness that got you into this mess is exactly what it’s going to take to get you out of it.

I’ve infiltrated lungs across the globe, to show you that you all breathe and function in the same human way.

I’m here, but not for long. I know, because hope is a human trait.

I’m sorry for the pain I’ve caused and for what I had to take away. I pray for lessons learned.

Thank you all for hosting me.

I hope that you will hear me.

I hope that you will change.

Sincerely,

COVID-19

~

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