Pink Elephant

The Pink Elephant

There's a pink Elephant in the Room! A widely used English (linguistic) proverb. Freely translated, it means that there is a problem or risk that no one wants to discuss while it is explicitly present. The expression is based on the idea that it is impossible not to see an elephant in a room. So obviously, people who do this don't want to discuss a big problem. There's talk of “a hot hangiron.”

Now I think there are some pink elephants in the room. The greatest is perhaps the influence that man has on his own living environment. Many deny it, most ignore it, and a few dare to name it and then be rewarded by the first two categories. Large industrialists lobbying with policymakers and governments, sowing confusion and supporting climate studies that prove otherwise with millions of euros. We get it, but we don't want to understand the consequences.

We fly around the earth several times in our lives for “business” or pleasure, go on cruise holidays, build skyscrapers, stand in traffic jams every day. Wear new clothes every season and give or throw away the 'old' and find five euros for a kilo of minced meat a very normal price. Because we want a piece of meat every day with dinner. Animal distress we find terrible without exception... Lemons in January and kale in June. Neatly packed in 'disposable' plastic of course. We work to be able to consume. In a continuous cycle. Until we die. Meanwhile, huge areas the size of the Netherlands burned in scorching climate fires, there are too few letters in the alphabet to name the large number of devastating hurricanes, ice sheets are melting at a rate that astonishes even scientists. Islanders in the Pacific Ocean are forced to leave because of this rising seawater . Many will follow the years to come. Ten percent of the world's total population lives in directly endangered, low-lying coastal areas.

That's the way life is, we say. It's of all times. Is that true, too? What seemed impossible, got amicroscopic particle hereditary material packaged in a protein shell in a few weeks for each other. On a global scale, aircraft remain grounded. Cruise ships on the chain. The sacred cow stays idly in the driveway. Oil-rich countries complain of a drop in demand and are working on a strategy ofcoordinated production reductions. To “strut” the selling price. Realtors complain that the upper floors and penthouses of their expensive high-rise buildings are unrentable because elevators are out of service. First dismissals are announced now that billions of taxpayers' money in the form of previous state aid have already evaporated. Mass layoffs are a matter of time. Economic activity comes to a halt in a crunch. The one-and-a-half meter economy in practice. The world that seemed so small at first turns out to be a huge planet full of dangers.

A virus depends entirely on its host, Wiki teaches us... What is this virus trying to teach us? Aren't we just as dependent on our host, Earth?

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