I saw today yet another article blaming five recent deaths on a storm roving over the midwest right now. This on the heels of the Indonesian ferry captain blaming storms for sinking his overcrowded ferry boat and a hurricane blamed for killing a swimmer.
I think we ought to stop pointing fingers at the weather and start taking a good hard look at the people who died.
This tendency to blame our misfortune on the weather itself must be some kind of hold-over from ancient times when we would chant incantations to the Rain God and treat weather as some deity's angry whim instead of the result of complex meteorological forces. Yet another example of the human tendency to blame anyone but ourselves for our foibles.
Banana Split blamed for diabetes.
Sun blamed for headache.
Cigarettes blamed for Cancer.
Sharp curve in road blamed for highway fatality.
Declining bee population blamed for lower orange crop which is blamed for economic downturn in central Valley which is blamed for unemployment which is blamed for lower consumer spending.
Hey chum, the fucking weak-ass bees are fucking up our fucking economy.
How about blaming our own lack of ability to adapt to our environment? How about blaming our own lack of common sense? Or blaming the human tendency to take chances and think we're invincible? How about blaming the genius who went swimming during a hurricane? Or the people who go tooling around in their big heavy station wagon with bald tires in a blinding snowstorm?
Katrina didn't destroy New Orleans. People did.
This planet and it's natural forces are not about us, never have been about us and will never be about us. This is what people must learn. You must adapt or you will die.
The storms are a-coming. Either get ready or get killed.