Nature is cruel. Katrina is a reminder that Mother Nature can be cruel, far crueler than the humans who attempt to control her. For most Americans, Mother Nature is an inconvenience that can be escaped. Too hot? Escape in an air condition home. Too cold? Then retreat into a heat-treated house. Katrina simply reminds us that nature cannot be tamed, only temporarily dodged.
While some have used the occasion to predict dire consequences of global warming, (have you ever noticed how often global warming is used when Mother Nature goes on a rampage. Severe snowstorm? Global warming. Hurricanes? Global warming. Heat wave? Global warming), the consensus among others is that humanity is to blame for every rampage committed by Mother Nature. The reality is that nature can’t be tamed and the power of Mother Nature dwarfs any power wielded by humans.
Throughout the eons, Nature has committed its own version of mass extinction. It is suggested through scientific research that the Dinosaurs were wiped out by meteors from space. The biggest and strongest of animals were devastated by Mother Nature with power that humans could only dream of.
The recent flooding as the result of Katrina shows that no nations are immune from nature’s ravages, even the richest and most powerful. Mother Nature is considered a kind gentle creature that is being raped by us but it is nature who is the cruel taskmaster. For many, death has come through heat waves, floods, volcano eruptions, tornadoes, and winter storms. Before technology allowed us to escape the fury of Mother Nature, many would simply die unprotected by the worse meted out by the elements. Remember Pompeii? Within hours, this Roman town was destroyed by the volcano’s eruption. Roman citizens were killed instantly as the volcano exploded its content of fire and poisonous gases.
Air conditioning allows us to be comfortable in the summer and indoor heating allows us to flee from harshness of winter. Automobiles allow us to move from place to place in quick time as oppose to being exposed to the elements on the back of horses. Planes allow us to be transported from coast to coast in hours as oppose to days. You get the point. It is technology that allows us to survives and prospers despite Mother Nature’s efforts. We can’t supress Mother Nature but we can live comfortably within her shadow.
Throughout the centuries, Mother Nature’s status has been exulted but the cruelty often overlooked. The beauty of Mother Nature can easily changed into a murderous rage as the smallest of the stream can easily overflow into a river of death.