Nature is truly cruel, as evidenced by the cyclone that devastated Myanmar and the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Sichuan Province of China today.
Total death toll: around 100,000 for Myanmar, at least 10,000 for the Sichuan earthquake, all in a span of less than 10 days.
As I watched the news coverage for both of these events, I had the same reaction as I did when I watched the WTC towers go down or the bodies floated in the streets of New Orleans during Katrina: speechlessness.
I mean, what do you say to or about something like that? What can you say really? In the face of the terrors of Nature, I’m rendered speechless, unable to come to grips with reason. Just a kind of impotent rage, at whom exactly, I can’t say, since at least we could blame Al Qaeda and FEMA for 9-11 and Katrina.
But who do you blame for earthquakes and cyclones? Who is there for you to rail against?
That’s when you begin to come to terms with the ultimate indifference of Nature and realize that despite whatever technological powers we may possess, we are ultimately just a speck of dust in an universe that cares neither for life or death. Then you start to realize just how absolutely insignificant individual lives are, because if the entire human race is but a blip in time, then what are individuals?