So, I've been concerned with natural disasters lately. Mostly because it seems like every two days there is something gross happening with the weather or the earth that results in human devestation. Now, I'm not an environmentalist – far from it. I'm a late bloomer in realizing the importance of things like recycling, reducing emissions, etc. But, I'm concerned with people and the way we treat each other. However, it seems to me that, as everything else does these days for me, it is all interlocking and related.OK, so we had Hurricane Katrina this year, and then the other one that hit right after that in the Gulf that I can't remember the name of because it mostly devestated Mexico and world media doesn't seem to care about Mexico. This year, we had the first ever tropical storm touchdown in Europe (Spain). We had mudslides and forest fires in California. There was an earthquake in Pakistan in October, then another one the other day in the area bordering Afghanistan, then one yesterday in northern India. There was an earthquake in the Congo last week, and one in Iran and one in Japan at the end of November. There was an earthquake in Indonesia in March, and a tsunami in Thailand last December. It seems like the earth is trying to shake us of its back.
Disaster relief groups have been working non-stop this year as disaster after disaster strikes. On top of that, we have a war going on in Iraq that has no end in sight, and violence seems to be rising in Afghanistan again. Suicide bombers are hard at work. AIDS is rampant in Africa and South Asia, and the Avian Flu is said to be on its way. Violent crime is still a problem in most cities. Billions of people live in poverty. What the hell are we doing? What are we doing about it?
My point is, it seems like the more we don't give a flying crap about the world on which we live, the more it is going to bite us in the ass, and the more human disasters like poverty, abuse, neglect, war, disease, rape, and slavery will keep on keeping on. More and more, capitalism and greed are killing our natural resources and our humanity. There has to be a better way…. doesn't there?