These twin Douglas Firs were here when we bought our house in 1990. Thirty years later, they're much taller, much more impressive, much grander. They sit above our house, dwarfing it. I like that. Nature should make us humans feel small and insignificant, because that's our proper relationship to the natural world: secondary.
Nature is our foundation. We rest upon it, not it upon us. The coronavirus is a reminder of how shaky our place upon this this planet is. An invisible entity has killed over 30,000 Americans, with many thousands more deaths to come. Other pandemics will follow, almost certainly. Some may be more serious than this one.
Humility behooves us. We humans need to stop feeling like we are in control. Actually, nature is. If we aren't able to live in sustainable harmony with the natural world, and with each other, the future of humanity is bleak. Global climate change is one wake-up call. The coronavirus is another. Hopefully we will give up the fiction that every nation is an entity unto itself. In truth, we are all bound together by our common roots in nature.