Tuesday, November 12, 2013

TOSSING AND TURNING

I've been tossing and turning vague ideas about, for posts, like a storm in a tea cup, which, as yet, has not settled.  My thoughts are taken up with the tragedies of war and the awfulness of the wrath of nature, which, like war, wreaks havoc on communities and countries.  

'Community' and 'country' are compound shorthand terms, which, seem to me to be  useful third party non-emotive descriptions for talking about people like you and me.  Communities are made up of  people; like the men women and children, who have provided the life blood of the places that have been destroyed.  Many of the people who have lived in those places have been destroyed too.





11 comments:

thehumanpicture said...

Life is full of upheaval and cruelty. In these times we have come to expect fair play, and citizen’s rights… and a lot of other things that are not recognized by nature. And now and then our bubble bursts, and we realize that we are only a very small part of the universe around us. Have you read the wonderful story by Mark Twain, called the Mysterious Stranger?

ZACL said...

Yes, Shimon, you have caught the thread and added to it very well indeed.

I will place the Mark Twain book on 'books I must read'. Thank you for the suggestion.

godschool said...

Such heartrending events remind us that any ideas we may have of being in control are foolish fantasies. Time we learned in macro to work with and respect Nature, rather than against her.

flightplot said...

I think that the time of year doesn't help either.
A thoughtful post. Flighty xx

ZACL said...

Hello Again Shimon,

A wee note to let you know I have downloaded Mark Twain's book onto my Kindle. It will be read!

ZACL said...

I think I understand what you mean about working with Nature rather than against, GillyK. Somehow, though, I do not think any amount of work with Nature would have truly alleviated the scale of the structural and human calamity in The Phillipines.

From my safe haven, I can only think that a mass evacuation could have helped preserve lives; in a poorly managed country it did not happen.

ZACL said...

Hi Mr F,

One thing I am not affected by, (yet) is SAD syndrome, which is what I think you were referring to for the time of year. I am very unhappy by the impotence I feel in the face of the suffering of all those people and children. I was making a crie de coeur.

Thank you for your kind comment.

xxx

Snowbird said...

It is difficult to take in the scale of destruction here, and I fear many more extreme weather systems will strike around the world.Nature will never be tamed but as you say the response could be better and preventative action taken, everyone knew that storm was coming but the poor are always left to cope alone.xxxx

ZACL said...

Hi Snowbird,

All the upheavals and the scale of the consequent losses are difficult to comprehend.

xx

zalandeau said...

Nous sommes en ce moment entre deux guerres. Mais nous sommes dans une guerre économique de plus en plus violente, qui va déclencher la vraie guerre.

Nous sommes entre deux guerres, mais nous sommes très proches de la suivante...

ZACL said...

We must be vigilant Zalandeau