Some memes capture the perfect confluence of satire and absurdity. And it’s through those memes we know that nature is truly healing.
“We are the virus” memes started as a joke making fun of posts (some fake) about how nature was returning to its natural state with humans stuck home quarantining. The posts reeked of ecofascism, blaming people for the faults of the human systems (*cough* capitalism *cough*) that drive pollution and climate change. Even still, dolphins in the Venice canals, drunk elephants in tea gardens—it was all too absurd to be true, and much of it was.
But not nearly as absurd as the memes that they inspired. Here are some of our favorites.
This photo of the Hudson River was taken yesterday. The earth is healing. We are the virus. pic.twitter.com/QDTizi2i6Q
— Mark Lee (@meesterleesir) April 12, 2020
wow. i can’t believe my eyes. this is union pool in williamsburg today, where nature is returning the aforementioned pool to its original pristine beauty. the earth is healing. we are the virus. pic.twitter.com/tFcutjE4i2
— maya kosoff (@mekosoff) April 14, 2020
Drops in pollution have led to flocks of wild Zeros being seen over Hawaii for the first time in 75 years. Nature is healing, we are the virus pic.twitter.com/PnvKoPQz1E
— Sour (@The_Sourkraut) April 23, 2020
the hotdog are finally returning to the pastures. the earth is healing. we are the virus pic.twitter.com/vqhHYzq5rh
— linc (@lincnotfound) April 24, 2020
Fish is back in the cities. Nature is healing. We are the virus. pic.twitter.com/qVjefqopGx
— Lucas (@bashgita) April 26, 2020
cats have finally returned to airport baggage claim stations. nature is healing. we are the virus. pic.twitter.com/2mdChBcoaV
— one of ur hoes (@miliondollameat) April 27, 2020
the crocs are finally returning to rivers, nature is healing. we are the virus pic.twitter.com/bXWuJG5PyQ
— CapriCornyCait♑️ (@CapriCornyCait) April 27, 2020
the watermelons are finally returning to their wolves. the earth is healing. we are the virus pic.twitter.com/qw4VoLrQ3Y
— soul nate (@MNateShyamalan) April 27, 2020