While politicians and the press keep us entertained and distracted, Mother Nature seems right on course to help us remember who is boss and what’s important.
The flood of the Coulee Region left a lot of people scrambling. Hurricane Florence is about to do the same.
I also learned of a pipeline explosion in my native home, Beaver County Pennsylvania. This from a pipeline that went active only one week prior and from the same company many of us faced at Standing Rock – Energy Transfer Partners. The cause? Too much rain too quickly shifted the earth.
I know a lot of family and friends believe the security of our nation is dependent on those pipelines. They rally for big business and are happy to see the current administration upend legislation that has protected the environment. They want to see less government, but neglect to see the cause and effects of climate change hastened by this laissez-faire attitude.
Me? I scratch my head and wonder why we are so quick to sell out the gift of Nature. Why we bull headedly hold onto ideas that not only undermine us but future generations as well.
There is a disease I am beginning to recognize. It is called hypocrisy.
There is a cure for this disease. And it is a simple one. Accept and recognize that we are all in this together. All of us. Governments come, governments go. Businesses come and go. Some have held our best interests some have not.
We will never conquer Nature. And it is best we do not try. Instead let us learn from her and work with her for the mutual benefit of all. It is possible. Disasters continually show us this. Now let us learn without Nature’s prompting.
This piece aired Sept 12. You can listen to it here.
The photo is of Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform