Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rebuilding...

I am thinking about Japan this morning, what is ahead for them, the daunting task of putting their lives back together, the challenges ahead for them and which direction they will go?  The 2006 tsunami was far bigger, killed far more people, somewhere upwards of 200,000, but did most of its damage in rural areas, fishing villages, and a few tourist's towns.  It left no nuclear mess to clean up, no kind of 21st Century reckoning!
   Life is pretty simple when your house has a thatched roof and can be put together in a weekend.  The fish return and you can get back to normal pretty fast, back to the way life used to be.
   Japan can't do this.  The clean up alone will make the Hanford Nuclear Site look like a picnic ground. Anything remaining and the ground it is built upon will have to be removed and there is no place to put it.
It must be buried deep, a forever graveyard of radioactive mess.  Even the equipment used in this deconstruction, the bulldozers and backhoes, and maybe the men operating this equipment will need to be buried.  A monument to our quest, to our need for power and possessions, to our reach toward God!
     Egypt too is in a process of rebuilding and I wonder if there is a relationship there?  One the physical structural and the other the intellectual, legal and spiritual components of a society?  Can these be separated?
What kind of Hubris would allow for beachfront construction of nuclear power plants?  What kind of society would allow some kind of police state?  Is there a peace we have lost site of found in a grass hut?
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4 comments:

Kay said...

You always make me think.. my husband's favorite response to when things go wrong in the world is "I think the backwoods of Canada look really good to me now". Wouldn't it be easy to run and hide from the awfulness? It is so hard to clean up after such bad decisions and monumental disaster..yet we do..because the collective human spirit is stronger than the greed and ego we practice as individuals. I await the wonder of Egypt rebuilding their social and political structure..their intellectual being will have to come to the forefront. Japan may have a massive need to help themselves but it will do them good to accept help and sympathy from the world as they seek a healing and better decisions for the future of their country and people. I have hope.

stonepost said...

Kay, thank you so much, I will take that as a compliment! Thinking is a good thing. The world has become so small there is no place to hide.

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AutumnLeaves said...

Indeed we have lost sight of that elusive peace, Jerry. Personally, I think we were forewarned of these times way back when the Bible was written...