taking the passive out of passive-aggressive

Thursday, December 30, 2004

The tsunami has claimed over 100,000 lives and I keep trying to figure out what that means. 1 out of 5 people in my city. It still doesn't help me grasp the enormity of the situation; and yet the tsunami haunts me, the wall of water rushing to the shore.

It's bad enough when we hate each other and ourselves. But when the very earth seems to want to heave us off her crust? Come on, now. There's no rational explanation for that, nor even a spiritual one. Would that gods ruled the planet, and made these judgements on us--there would at least be some sense to it. But the instant death of 30,000 children? If an omnipotent being can watch that happen, then whatever God you pray to is either dead or being imprisoned unjustly and without charges somewhere in the American empire.

The tsunami, heart of all my dreams. We are soft little monkeys in a pointy world. We cannot hope to survive but we keep on pretending we rule this hostile planet. Good for us, I suppose. Someone's got to be in control--or at least pretend that they are.

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Thanks for your deep thought provoking commentary about the tsunami. I too have wondered why so many children had to die. I wish you a safe New Year.

 
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Soft monkeys in pointy times.
I went to bed last night trying to fathom 100,000-- the best I could do was a book of obituaries, with 5 per page on a double-sided book taking up 1,000 pages, which is more than the Webster's. And I still don't get it, 12-foot-waves, why did they kill people? I've loooked at the NYT graphic and I still don't quite get it. But this year all I can think-- thank God I live here and now, why I'm so lucky I don't know, but I hope I can make myself worthy of the luck I have. To live here in America down the street from the guy who runs out in a big diaper. From much who is given much is expected. I'm broke but drank Piper tonight, and had sublime sushi rolls, and I'm in love, a borgeouis conecpt of itself. How can I ever thank the world for this luck?

 
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