Are the elements fighting back?
By Bill Shepard
Will this be the year that history will record that the elements fought back?
Tornadoes, mudslides, floods, hurricanes and droughts all seem to be the order of the day.
These have all been placed under one heading and blamed on another phenomenon called El Nino. What does it all mean?
I have felt the results of drought at the food counter as the fields dried up and food prices soared. The pollution of the air and water has been felt to some extent by all of us. The elements are fighting back in a way that we can all understand.
It is called disaster!
For too long, mankind has treated the place where he lives as though he owned it, as though it belongs to him to do with as he pleases. He has pushed, shoved and taken at will all his selfish heart desired, and it all adds up to one thing – disaster!
Disaster is a language that we understand. I have seen the results of tornadoes and floods.
(Mankind) has filled the space above him with thousands of flying objects in an effort to satisfy his thirst for knowledge.
He has moved closer and closer into the paths that hurricanes have traveled since time began to satisfy his thirst for excitement and luxurious living.
He has been reminded many times that these paths belong to the elements, but man has proven himself to be a slow learner in these matters.
Now it seems the elements have geared up to do real battle, and mankind is learning how helpless he is in the face of such strength.
Perhaps we would do well to understand that the place where we dwell is not our own and treat it as though it belongs to another.
It is doubtful that any generation has filled the planet with as much pollution as our own.
It has been said that if all of mankind were to leave the planet Earth today, it would take a million years for the planet to heal itself of the pollution we would have left behind. What a statement!
So what we are seeing and hearing today could be the elements saying, “Enough is enough! Mend your ways or prepare for battle.”
It is a battle we cannot win with our armies and navies, but wisdom and common sense will prevail.
As I write, the most powerful hurricane on record is unleashing its fury on the Bahama Islands.
After venting its fury there, it was expected to head forward in the direction of the eastern shores of Florida.
Thousands were fleeing the comfort of their homes in search of safety. It is during times like these that we are made to realize our helplessness when the elements choose to fight back!
Men of wisdom and knowledge have been sounding warnings for a long time that climate change is responsible for many of our disasters and will only get worse unless something is done.
Like other situations, a lack of unity for action allows the perils to draw closer with the passing of time.
What will it take to bring our leaders to their senses? Think about it!