The Last Participant in the WW1 Christmas Truce
An Excellent Response to the Tsunami...

The Beauty and Brutality of Life...

We had an amazing Christmas. Spending time with family and friends sharing wonderful food and drink and aided by great music. My niece (3 years old) and my nephew (5 years old) were again highlights - spending time with them, although I am still not too sure all they like to do.

Such love and luck in my life.

And then the day after Christmas,  this earthquake in the Indian Ocean that created the massive Tsunamis that have killed over 20 000. I have spent some of today reading blogs, looking at pictures, and watching video clips to try and get a sense of what happened. 

Mother Nature being very fierce.

The thing I take comfort from in this instance is that all these deaths did, in a sense, occur naturally.  There was nothing anyone could have done to stop the earthquake from happening.  Earthquakes are part of the normal functioning of the planet. May all the souls lost Rest in Peace.

We have enough natural disaster. We shouldn't be causing disasters of our own.  With all the goodwill and community spirit of this time of year, I am going to be spending some time looking at ways I can start being better to the planet.

Comments

Ironcat

A fair number of Canadians were out that way as well, so this hits close to home for many. Somehow it's easier to feel affected by something if it hits your own community-- sort of sad, in a way. We're all humans.

However, many participants in the JET programme (teaching English in Japan) spend their x-mas in that area, because it's too expensive to fly home. A fair number do humanitarian work there. I hope lady luck is with them.

It's hard to rationalize something so catastrophic and terrible. Still, it ought to make us realize that we are extremely lucky to have the things we have; Canada is located in one of the most stable areas on the globe. Natural disasters are something we rarely see.

-Audrey

Arjun Singh

Thanks Audrey for your thoughts. Really appreciate it. As natural as I think this is, I am reeling in shock as the death toll of this Tsunami rises and rises. Its now reported to be 80 000. And I would think its likely to double.

Going to give a little donation to the local Red Cross in the next few days.

Avoinounpasia


One for all and all for one, Muskehounds are always ready.

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