What is this "human spirit" this mysterious, awesome thing? It's basically an iron stake to which the injured cling. We're proud of our "resilience" (our giant brains love words) but frankly our self obsession is verging on absurd. Our spirit is definitely human: that's obvious to me but the spirit part is not unique! It's in every bug, beast & tree. The bushfires in Australia are a case in point, I'd say. Even now the bush is fighting back to survive another day. We think we're so clever all our medicine and tools. But climate change proves us an ignorant bunch of fools. So to applaud our mighty spirit is impertinence at best. We're just struggling along surviving and making it harder for all the rest.
Written for Fandango’s One Word Challenge – Impertinent. Nov 25, 2020