It is really unbelievable. It is hard to put into perspective and difficult to comprehend. There have been two reactions to the tragedy in Japan. One that is more of compassion and concern, and one more of an honest curiosity. There is more to the curiosity than people realize. While some can easily connect to such things from an emotional perspective, others simply need more to both connect to such tragedy emotionally and bring things into perspective. I am of the latter; it is not some dark and morbid curiosity. For many, detailed information is needed to connect all of the dots.
It would seem that the host Earth is increasingly inflicting its merciless will upon its parasitic inhabitants. Professional sources like the NOAA claim that such incidents are below the “norm” in terms of averages and that the immediate availability of information gives the appearance that the Earth is becoming increasingly unstable. Logic in statistics and watching the impact of 8+ magnitude earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, and radiation leaks have nothing in common. We can understand that these occurrences are not as frequent as they could be, but seeing more of the less frequent events is very humbling. Couple it together and you quickly realize that things not only could be far worse, but could directly befall you in very surreal ways. Your “curiosity” then peaks.
Rachel asked how I could watch the videos of Japan's nightmare come true with such attentiveness. It’s the process of survival that gets me. How do you get past the event in order to enter into survival mode? The videos are very telling and to extract the information, you must first fully digest the horror they contain. We all know the computer models will follow with their sterile, non-emotional, detailed descriptions of what happened, but they will be devoid of certain realities.
One video was shot at the level of the tsunami as the first wave pushed through a seaside town. A motorist entered an intersection and turned left speeding down the road slightly ahead of the water as a videographer shot from the lower level of a staired, paved hill. The wave brought with it dumpsters, then consumed cars and swept them away as if they were toys. Trucks followed, small houses then fell victim as boats from the sea flowed through. Entire wooded buildings then took to the street; all heading in the direction in which the motorist sped off. He opted to drive, abandoning a clear chance of survival on the hillside. My thought was that the person was rushing home to ensure the safety of family – the ultimate survival wildcard. I hope he made it.
The fact of the matter is that time will bring such events to everyone’s doorstep. Look at it this way, and please forgive me while I geek out on you: The radius of Earth at the equator is about 3963 miles. The surface area of a sphere obtained by area = 4 pi r2, so the surface of the earth is: 4 x 3.14159 x 3963 miles x 3963 miles = 197,359,320.78684 square miles. You would have to add a bit for peaks and valleys to get more accurate numbers, but we are talking about 198 million square miles. Japan is about 149,000 square miles, or just over .07525% of Earth’s surface area this is the entire nation which is far beyond that of the affected area). This is minuscule, yet the events in Japan have shifted Earth’s axis. What this tells me is that an event such as this covering 3% of the Earth will directly impact all life on Earth; the balance of life is just that fragile. We all know that each continent has progressed to their current positions on the globe. This progression has been violent and often life changing to the degree that it has led to human life. We also know that the continents are not at their given permanent resting places; the progression continues and witnessing events like that which have befallen Japan gives the individual a glimpse of what this progression looks like and how it impacts man. Many cannot stomach such a scary reality. Unfortunately, it is a reality that all humanity will eventually face.
The idea in delving into the horror is to gain multiple perspectives that all unite into realistic sets of circumstances and how best to deal with them when we come face to face with an ever evolving planet playing temporary host to a parasitic human existence. We are led to believe that the better we treat the planet, the better the planet will treat us in return. That if we go green, recycle our Rice Crispie boxes, drive electric cars while taxing the usage of Earth’s resources, we will be spared from an inevitable fate. It is not a dark and morbid obsession driven by a perverse fascination with destruction and the massive loss of life.
Unfolding before us is the inconsequential nature of self. Put into perspective is how helpless we are as a race of people when compared to the often-violent nature of Mother Earth. In such humility lies an understanding of who is actually in charge of whom. Our host has very patiently tolerated our existence, but coming could well be the day that the next evolution of major life begins. Just as it has happened before us, it will expand beyond us. Seeing that for what it is tends to defy a human nature that believes we are the end all be all of life on Earth. My thought is that we a mere passerby of a far greater evolutionary process - events such as this seem only to serve to emphasize the plausibility of this obtained perspective of direct observations.
A cool sight this morning; literally. You can see the hard freeze line in the mountains. Not a fan of the cold by stretch of the imagination, but I do appreciate varying weather. Living in southeast Arizona allows me the luxury of minimal weather variances. Every now and then, we are rightfully reminded of our insignificance courtesy of Mother Nature.
Anthropomorphism is the word that comes to mind. It is more than naming your beast of beater car Betsy or your puke colored Nissan Murano Clementine. It is also an associative condition that afflicts both man and humanity. This is where we believe as humans that we have power over things like nature, the gravitational attraction of the Moon to the Earth’s surface; that by the hand of the human race we can all jump simultaneously and shift the Earth’s rotation. The affliction dictates that man, his impact is the end all be all, and a collective effort of man is the ultimate power. Pretty arrogant right? Man made global warming is a by-product of this macro narcissism.
Record breaking cold is yielded to Al Gore’s words that it is manmade global warming at play. Of course he would say this; he made a fortune on the farce! He peddles the lie of fear for a living. No matter what happens, he will attribute it to global warming and continue to expand his riches in doing so. But many people are quietly asking; “Okay, just what is going on?”
A good question considering many were experiencing upper 70’s one day and watching snow fall the next. Global warming does not quite fit, but something is oddly amiss as weather patterns “seem” to be worsening. “Seem” is the key word in many cases. Just like dead birds falling from the sky and dead fish floating up from the depths, normality exists, it is just when so much attention is given to any one thing in a very short period of time the rate of incident “seems” to increase (statistical commonality). The problem is that this only fits some of today’s weather events. Others however, are a bit more unique to us and our lifetime. These events and trends raise eyebrows and plant the seeds of questions many do not openly ask.
Several things are happening at the same time, but all are based in a planetary, evolutionary history that cannot be refuted. Earth is a “cool” planet that experiences periods of warmth. The human existence is in this most recent warm cycle. It is all we know and all we are reasonably adapted to survive. After all, it allowed us to evolve, migrate from Africa, out compete all other human like evolutionary beings and flourish. Anthropomorphism dictates that any change in this is our fault; for we are collectively more powerful than the Earth herself.
Well, there is a problem. This current warm cycle is but a snapshot in the history of the Earth which repeatedly cycles through warm and cool phases as it has for eons before we were even remotely biological possibilities. Add to this a magnetic north pole that is shifting towards Russia at a rate of 40 miles per year and the ever increasing precession of Earth itself and things begin to destabilize (change). Increasing weather cycles are thus natural as are both the loss and discovery of new species… especially the discovery of species to once thought to be lost.
Animal species are lost to shifting weather patterns and climate although athropomorphism dictates they are solely lost to human encroachment. While human activity can detrimentally affect a precariously balanced species, its impact pales in comparison to naturally occurring weather and climate phenomena. The recent reemergence of several species that once flourished is an indicator of the previous paleo weather cycle.
When it comes to a warming Earth, we look at a very brief understanding of global temperatures during the existing warming phase to rationalize and justify man’s impact. In doing so we fail to take into consideration the Earth’s bigger and much more complex climate history. We also use CO2 as a determining precursor of future weather. The problem in doing this is that naturally occurring spikes in CO2 follow warming trends; they simply do not precede it in the manner our man caused CO2 concentration has. Our science of manmade global warming is based upon CO2 emissions that have no historical scientific merit indicating they will actually increase global temperatures because it is an incident never before encountered by the Earth. Since we are in a warm phase, we find scientific blame on these emissions and deny the normal flux of the planet. What is important to remember is that the Earth has warmed repeatedly, before the human impact on CO2 concentrations. Proponents of manmade global warming will not discuss the previous warming cycles before our existence. Under this notion, the only cause of warming is man’s contribution, which is clearly a flawed scientific practice.
One hundered percent of the time, the Earth’s warming is followed by rapid and severe drops in global climate.The warmer it gets, the more rapidly the Earth cools.Another aspect the Gore minions will not outwardly discuss.When these things are coupled together a slightly different picture of Earth’s climate is presented.It is a fluid process of constant transition that we actively witness but a glimpse of.
The polar ice caps exist only at the end of a global transition from warm to cool – 10% of the Earth’s existence has contained polar ice caps while they have been present 100% of our existence in this current cycle.(I know, it sounds contrary because it has an inverse relationship.Think of it as leaving an old school icebox open.As it warms, the ice builds, but when it is at its coldest, there is virtually no ice.)Oddly, Polar Bears have existed through at least two complete melting’s of the polar ice caps which introduced to the world, a much cooler planet; of course Homo Sapiens did not yet exist.The common belief is that we are causing their death by warming the planet, but they will survive just as they have in the past.The bigger question is if we can survive the forthcoming climate shift.
What we do know is that despite the human ego state, the Earth is going to do what it is going to do.It has done this far longer without us than is has with us!It is because of this transitioning climate that we even exist and without it, we would have never come to be.In the big picture, we are a small evolving piece of a larger, ever-evolving planet.
As the Earth continues its wobble of precession and the magnetic pole continues its shift, the poles of north and south will be changed placing the Earth on its “side” as we know its side to be today.On a day like today, many have a new appreciation for “warming,” but what should cause concern is what follows the warming trend, not the fact that we just happen to be in one. More importantly, a warming trend that is increasingly demonstrating it is nearing its climate precipice.Still we cannot understand that we are not warming the planet just as we will not be able to warm the planet once it again begins to cool; if it has not already started doing so.
Once before when this happened, our evolutionary predecessors were forced to Africa.With so many humans inhabiting the planet today, no region will be able to support our numbers.Only the fit will survive.This will force a “cleansing” of the gene pool.Those unable to contribute to the survival of the species will be forced out.Birth rates will become controlled and Homo Sapiens will again evolve into stronger, healthier beings.It is how the evolutionary life cycles work.People like Al Gore have found riches in human ignorance that insists the warming is bad.It pales in comparison to what follows!
Global warming has been turned into an emotive issue that forces an altered reality on many.Nevertheless, when you get right down to it, global warming is as much a natural reality as is global cooling.We fear water table increases, the ice caps melting and the ideological creation of a mini Venus here on Earth.The next cooling period will make such fears desires and wishes of a time that would soon return will quickly follow.Think of 75% of the nation turned into a permanently frozen Canadian Tundra.Think of political initiatives that excessively tax the need of warmth as we usher in the cold through banality of denial.
How best to put this?The “cold” that we are experiencing at this moment is but the tip of tomorrow’s iceberg.As the Earth’s climate ebbs and flows it forces the evolution of all creatures that inhabit it.It is our ignorance and fear that allows us to deny that we are but a speck of inconsequential evolution.We are free to deny this reality because all we tangibly know is that of today, despite the clear writings before us.