Interesting Times - Kira August 2020 by Kira Kay published on 2020-08-22T20:54:25Z (note: I have received numerous requests to share my views on the current pandemic and what it means. In this essay I have attempted to weave in answers to various questions.) We are truly living in unprecedented times. An image that has come to me repeatedly over the past few years is that of a forest. In this forest there are many big trees that dominate the forest, blocking the light for the smaller trees and new seedlings in the understory. A number of the big trees have recently been damaged causing them to partially fall onto one another. Many of these big old trees are still living but no longer in their full glory and capacity. The result is that the light is now able to reach much further down into the forest. This is giving the smaller trees and new seedlings an opportunity for growth that was not there before. With storm activity – which is how I see the recent impact of the corona virus – those older trees are further impacted, their resilience challenged. The older trees are struggling to ensure their survival, and in the process some parts fall off into the forest understory, providing fertile food to the new rising plants. The old trees often provide essential protection or bridges for new species to grow.