While the recent earthquake in Christchurch was certainly bad, the devastation and suffering in Japan are literally mind-numbing, a reminder that nature can be cruel on an immense scale. And the tsunami damage spreading across the Pacific should be a warning to all of us that we do not live in isolated little pockets but in a world in which water, earth and air are all interconnected. What affects one part of the web of life affects us all.
I am reminded of John Donne’s Meditations:
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
As this terrible bell tolls, we must keep our fellow citizens of this earth in mind, in our hearts and in our prayers.
Keep in mind that, no matter how many bananas you eat or chest x-rays you get, there is no known safe dose of radiation.
If any good can come of such a disaster, let’s hope it’s a nail in the coffin of the nuclear power industry.
There *is* a relatively safe distance to be from a nuclear power plant: 92 million miles! And even then, it can give you skin cancer if you aren’t careful.