Friday, March 18, 2011

Inconsequential

Friday, March 18, 2011

Having been dragged into a hellish videoke session with clients, I sought refuge in a softly lit corner and a discarded Newsweek magazine and tried to drown out, through sheer concentration, another awful rendition of Barry Manilow’s Somewhere down the Road. “ ...our roads are gonna cross again. It doesn’t really matter when...” The belting continued, and I kept on reading:

“The malevolent earthquake and tsunami in Japan have jolted our minds back to the 2004 catastrophe in the Indian Ocean, as well as to last year’s tsunamis in Chile and Sumatra. Gruesome comparisons are inevitable, as is the fatalism that follows such “acts of God.” What can man do in the face of nature’s wrath? Not everything of course—and a natural disaster is always a most sobering reminder of our own limitations.

As I reached the end of that passage it dawned on me how inconsequential we all are in the greater scheme of things. There is nothing we can do to prepare for or manage the dynamic processes at work in the earth's landforms and surfaces. The formation, lateral movement, interaction and destruction of lithospheric plates will continue unabated—with or without human intervention. The entire human species, the most complex, dominant and ecologically successful of all species, could become extinct, but physical and biological processes on earth--which started billions of years ago--will persist. Our species is unique as other species are, but, in the end, all of us are mere transients on earth.


...mankind inhabits this earth subject to geological consent, which can be withdrawn at any time.
 (Simon Winchester, Newsweek, 21 March 2011)

4 comments:

Amelia said...

well said Angeli..we are all transients on this earth...

Anonymous said...

if earthquakes and tsunamis are considered 'acts of God' then that God is a mass murderer and mass torturer.

witsandnuts said...

Transients. Sigh. Very true.

Arti said...

It just shows how man can become so so advanced but still against the forces of mature he is often rendered helpless... God bless the victims and everyone else.

 
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