“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” — Norman Cousins.
On September 11th 2001 the face of terrorism dealt a cowardly blow to the American public.
On that day a number of important things happened:
- (1) thousands of innocent people lost their lives to the cause of religious fanaticism;
- (2) the jack boot of terrorism made a lasting impression on the American psyche;
- (3) men and women selflessly answered the clarion call to action and gave their lives in the service of their fellow countrymen; and
- (4) the War on Terrorism was declared by an outraged American populace.
Today on this day of National Remembrance of that tragic event our thoughts and prayers are focused on all the victims of two devastating hurricanes: Harvey and Irma.
Weather commentators described the force of the storms as nuclear in character and totally destructive in overall effect.
Even though the rage of Mother Nature was not motivated by political , religious or ideological platitudes the teams of first responders were on the scene again to serve and protect the millions of men and women who were subjected to the storm’s wrath and fury.
I think if the world could express itself as an active participant in reality I think the animus of the planet is offering a very effective portrait of what an unsubstantiated nuclear war could do to the face of the planet.
While an egotistic president in the White House challenges a Korean despot to an exchange of military hardware nature in its own way is offering these unreasonable minds a preview of what can be done when the force of nature lets loose .
All of the descriptive “ism” of the world fall short when the major positive influence in the world today is heroism and optimism.
Current skepticism on climate change should at least be softened in the wake of such natural forces. – gc