Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Now where were we...

Hello my friends! I figured it was time for another post since several of you have been pushing me to write. I accept your call, and here I am.

I wanted to take a little time and mention the tremendous success we've been having with all these hurricanes and their aftermaths... Wait what? You heard me, success.
Now I know you've heard all kinds of stories about tragedy and suffering, about the government not responding quickly, and about terror at the SuperDome. But you don't read this to get the same old drivel. I'm going to give a new perspective here, so bear with me.

Man is not capable of preventing hurricanes. Ok, nothing profound about that. But you'd think we were if you listened to voices screaming at the top of their lungs about Bush not doing this or that, or the local government failing its people. There may be smidgens of truth to all that but it really overshadows our true accomplishments in this whole situation.

In the span of 1 month, our little selves managed to evacuate 3 states and 2 major metropolitan cities - to the tune of around 6 or 7 million people. The vast majority of people managed to pick themselves up and get in their car or whatever and evacuate. Not only that, but our great country in many cases has taken these people in who are displaced far and wide around the country. People have come to their aid in droves.

In 63 A.D. (as in Year of Our Lord, for all your libs) Pompei was hit by a massive earthquake that destroyed much of the city. Even while still realing from the damage, it was hit by a more catastrophic blow in 79 when Mt. Vesuvius smothered the entire city with its ash. Eventually, the city was rebuilt a few lots down. However, it wasn't until 1748 that the ancient city was discovered again. Now of course, it has been excavated and we are able to visit en masse.

However, nowadays, when an area literally the size of Texas is theatened we know about it days in advance. People evacuate and live to tell about it. Think about this. That happened at least 4 times in the last month. 4 times. (2x Florida, 2x Gulf Coast) It really is a completely amazing acheivement. Never before seen in human history. We moved over 7 million people a thousand miles (in many cases) in 3 days multiple times in the span of one month. Think about that for a second, before you move on.

So why are we so engaged in our thinking that "what we did wasn't enough". Well personally I think its because we expect too much. I pretty much fault our movies and video games, which typically present us as virtual Gods and not men. I think there I've really hit the nail on the head. We are not God. For that matter, we are no better than any of his elements. While we are able to to many miraculous things such as control electricity and for that matter do things like read this blog over the internet, it still pales in comparison to the forces of nature.

Enjoy your free will as humans...now go watch the weather.

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