There is fresh snow on the ground. An inch or so. More to come, maybe a couple of inches. That’s the weather, but there are other things going on. In my head, in the country and in the world. Things other than the Corona Virus and human reaction to it. Here we had an attempted insurrection by followers of the outgoing president. Not too notable an event elsewhere in the hemisphere but out of character for us. I saw a video last night, a look at George Orwell’s book review in 1940 of Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler. Credit to Acts17Apologetics for some new insite. For readers with a USA education I will point out that Hitler was a major player in WW2. As an aside, Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, a philosopher, said, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. The chorused response from those educated in the USA is, “EH?” so history gets repeated. Like the tide, human nature will prevail. What Orwell said, as the second world war was beginning, was that fighting was something humans were programmed to do. Sex, Eating and defecating and …. killing one another periodically. All more than just habits. Ingrained nature. The pressure to fight in a society can be channeled positively and achieve laudable social goals. It can also be turned by a wana bee dictator into a tool for insurrection. The USA’s recent history being the parallel made with the rise of Hitler. Adolph was smarter than Trump. A block of moldy cheese is smarter than Trump. A blessing, in the short term. Long term, only a pause, a breather. So, humans need conflict. A society that’s achieved equity and plenty and peace will bear a generation of angry young men intent on burning it all down. Why? They are angry!, what are they angry about!?, listen to AM radio at two in the morning in north America and you’ll hear all the talking points. Its “Them” and what they are trying to do to “Us”. The details are just garnish. The point is to express that anger. To put on weird outfits, leather and sequins and horns on your head and invade the temple (of democracy). What is it with the horns? On that day, the 6th of January, one iconic photo of the rabble in the rotunda was of a guy wearing horns. Everyone in the country put their reaction on their page one. WWD, Woman’s Wear Daily, the newspaper for New York’s garment industry reacted. I saw the reference and thought at first they’d be commenting on what the rioter’s were wearing. Like the voice at a fashion show as a model walks the runway. “And here’s Bob!, he’s ready to overthrow the government! and, he’ll do it in style!” “Bob’ll surely “stop the steal” in matching camo pants and vest!” He’s looking sharp with pointed horns so out of his way you leftist elites!”. But no, it was just them being counted, their voice saying, “isn’t it awful?, yes it was, and is. Corona virus is awful and nuclear weapons are awful and numb humans….also awful. there doesn’t have to be an outcome that’s good for humanity. I suspect there isn’t. Mother Earth will not let one of her offspring continue to foul the nest. God loves us but then we invented that deity, so he would wouldn’t he?. Actually, we were created by Gaia, Pachamama, the Earth Mother. She is very much a pragmatic parent. She will only forgive so much and we are trying her patience. Am I anthropomorphizing? seeing human qualities in the nonhuman? Maybe. Or it might be as simple as cause and effect. Push against the thing long enough and it eventually falls over.