Thursday, December 30, 2004

Tsunami Devastation

I wanted to write a really meaningful post about the tsunami in Asia. But I am pretty much speechless about it all. I just shudder to think what it must have been like. In some places, one in four people are dead or missing. And now those who survived have a difficult battle in front of them. The feeling of helplessness that one is faced with, trying to grasp and understand how this happened, the immesity of the devastation and how this couldn't have been avoided - only the blow lessened - is so foreign to our everyday dealings. Humans are so used to conquering Nature, that it is a sobering slap in the face to see what happens when Nature fights back.

I was marveling a few weeks ago, that the world’s population has doubled in the last 40 years, from about 3 billion to 6 billion. We have a yearly increase of approx. 75 million people, which represents about a 1.14% population increase every year. (This is projected to decrease over time, so that in 2050 the world population will be just over 9 billion.) It’s pretty humbling to see that while we can overcome many of Mother Nature’s hindrances in populating this world, she sometimes asserts herself with a devastating show of power.


Blogger SpotlessMind said...

You are right. I am also speechless and really do not know what to say about this catastrophe. What came into my mind today was this: People in Germany like to complain about many things, but at least everyone in Central Europe can be glad to live in a somewhat safe area when it comes to natural disasters. There are no major quakes, no tsunamis, no volcano eruptions, no blizzards, no large fires, no dry climate, no serious illnesses. That is something one can be thankful for. Compare for example the Elbe flood in 2002 with the events in Asia, and you know how relatively small the so-called catastrophes in our region are.

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