Far and Wide

Susan at Easy Bake Coven writes that some North Carolina gas stations are tapped out. Katrina created problems with the state gas pipeline. The media proclaims the dire economic consequences this country will likely experience for some time. [Update, 12:20 a.m. Thu.: The above information is apparently rooted in rumor. See Snopes.com for clarification on gas price and supply rumors.]

Fran at Sacred Ordinary points to an article on BeliefNet that asks the question, Did God Send the Hurricane?. The article examines the question from both the liberal and conservative view: Mother Earth is communicating her pain and we are paying for our environmental disregard vs. the Apocalypse has started and God is punishing America for its sins.

The desperate wish for meaning drives humans to believe odd things. Why anthropomorphize the earth? Why try to put a limiting concept such as God on the universe? (If there is a God, whatever humans conceive cannot match what such a Being really Is. Some people try to accommodate this by believing in many gods and goddesses that represent the facets of the divine. Even so, these are merely symbols of the indescribable.) What happened was a natural event. Disasters have occurred for millenia, much longer than human life has existed. The hurricane may in part be due to global warming, something humankind has generated; the impact it has had on New Orleans is surely due to our manipulation of the land, which made the city vulnerable. This situation is dire, tragic, daunting. Now let’s spend less time examining our collective navel about why and start activating ourselves to help the victims. If you need motivation, listen to this radio essay by Andrei Codrescu, an immigrant poet who has called New Orleans home for 20 years.

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One Comment on “Far and Wide”

  1. Fran Says:

    The helping part is gathering momentum–and that is a positive thing. My speakers are unplugged tonight, but I’ll listen to the essay by Andrei Codrescu tomorrow; I missed that on NPR. I just can’t get my mind around this tragedy, but maybe the whole point is that we simply can’t. I do find myself unusually prayerful in a desperate kind of way.