World events are shaping my thinking this weekend. Yesterday and today events in Japan have focused clearly and sharply on what could rightly be called 'the sum of all fears', a biblical catastrophe of proportions we are witness to in our living rooms.Wrenching scenes of destruction with world-wide implications, which today were added to by what may be an epic explosion in a nuclear facility. Earthquake, tsunami, nuclear disaster -- God and man wrecking havoc and the earth groans.
This morning while watching events around the nuclear reactor, it struck me how calm and restful the sea behind looked! And with water belieing the truth, here before us a disaster waiting to happen because there was no water to cool the rods: an irony of agony and an agony of irony.
My town, Southport lives on the Irish Sea. Not that far to the north is the nuclear waste treatment facility of Sellafield. Rumours abound about the dangers to the people living downwind of that place and there have been many articles printed about an alarming increase in the numbers of leukemia victims. And recently this warning. Jobs and money. To me, an avoidable risk. I am not keen on 'nuclear' because I believe that while these places can be made 'safe as houses' that in the long term human beings are more than likely going to take them for granted, not want to spend the money for upkeep, etc. We can not be trusted -- I believe...
I would hazard a guess that we are not likely to get a tsunami here, thanks to Ireland, but nothing is for certain and sometime in the early 1980's and in February 2008 there was an earthquake off the coast of Southport in the middle of the Irish Sea -- a miniscule 3.something or another on the scale! Still it shook some china in some cupboards and caused some cracks in ceilings and some of the Victorian houses suffered subsidence. I digress.
What we witnessed yesterday we witnessed as humanity. None of it was anybody's fault. We were in the way of the natural order of 'thing's. This was awesome and we are small. But where we are awesome is when we pick up the pieces, when we forget about everything but each other and our need to try to bind the wounds, to comfort and to rebuild lives. But damn, I wish that reactor wasn't there ... God bless everybody.