Posted by: reisendame | October 22, 2007

SoCal is burning…

When I blogged about the threat of wildfires in the American West last month, I certainly didn’t expect disaster to strike so severely and suddenly.

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Over 250,000 people have been forced to flee the San Diego area, as of Monday, as fast-moving wildfires have incinerated over 100,000 acres of land in that area alone.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in seven California counties while the flames show no signs of extinguishing themselves.

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As I write from the east coast, an entire continent stands between me and this tragic conflagration. It seems so far away; yet, a huge expanse of our country has been cremated, and we can be pretty sure that even more of the land will suffer this fate.

In the less-metaphorical sense, people are losing their homes. Many news outlets have focused on the monetary value of castles and other ritzy estates that have been incinerated. More importantly, in my opinion, are the thousands of ordinary people who have been and may be stripped of everything they own- even if it isn’t much.

I can’t help but be reminded of the havoc Hurricane Katrina wreaked on the New Orleans area of Louisiana. Something tells me that the flooded poverty-stricken region down south hadn’t recieved nearly as much immediate attention as the flames lapping Malibu.

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Just how are we to defend ourselves when Mother Nature strikes? Well, the best we can, I suppose. We really need to heed weather warnings, and pay attention when experts observe and predict natural phenomena that could lead to these “states of emergency.”

Now, I’m not saying that we need to be paranoid and expect the Apocalyse, exactly. I do believe that we too often take materialism and civilization’s advantages for granted, though. Tragedies like that in California prove that we should never take anything in life for granted, because it could all be gone in a flash. Unless we really respect the unstoppable, uncompromising, and uncaring power of nature, then we’re only endangering ourselves.

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Responses

  1. If you could ever get to class on time, you would become my favorite student ever! I love your work. Top notch. You’re now doing follow-ups to earlier posts. How does that make you feel?

  2. Not on time?

  3. GET TO CLASS! Don’t you want to be the favorite?


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