No matter how much we run from it, we cannot deny we are the products of Nature.
To quote from Prince Hamlet, man ‘in action how like an Angel! in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals!’ Yet this is our very problem. We sit atop this planet in many ways deluded by a false self of dominion. We subjugate nature to our whim, and in celebrating our exalted status we entertain ourself by perverting nature we put tigers on bicycles, and cut down a forest to create an eco-friendly strip mall with designated areas verdant with non indigenous decorative plants bought in a catalogue.
We all live under the illusion of safety until the a natural disaster comes and sadly, with the same impunity we have displayed time and time again with each other, and the natural world uproot lives, destroy relationships, bury memories under feet of rubble. The situation in Oklahoma is sad beyond belief, I do not know what to say or wish for these people to make anything better. To say my thoughts and prayers are with you would be incorrect. As soon as this isn’t featured news we will forget like, many have Katrina, Sandy to name a few of the horrible natural disaster that have rocked America out from under the thin covers of an imagined security.
Strangely enough it has been from these violent occurrences that the Earth has been shaped into the lush paradise that we take for granted. During tragedies many people of a dogmatic religious bent will try to place the blame on this on some seemingly, to them, unholy act and sometimes their noise has the power to distract us from the real lessons at hand.
and again I say that no matter how much we run from it we cannot deny that we are the products of Nature.
One thing though that distinguishes man from the angels and animals is his need to fashion ever more efficient and callous weapons, and what is most ironic about that is how we does so. Because of this separation from our roots, we tend to, like children view a scolding parent, imagine that Nature is against us. We project our insecurities about life onto the very thing from which we came. Our drowns, like many natural disasters rain death from the sky, but in the most cold calculating inhuman way. The extent to which we are unaware of our connection to Nature varies from person to person. We are not connected in any way to a machine whose sole purpose is to kill and maim. from natural disasters new situations are given for creatures to adapt and grow, that’s the paradox. Suffering and disaster from Nature has the seeds for growth and new life. Nothing grows forth from drone strikes just more fear and hatred and the dehumanizing ambiance.
Is it then, with that said, wrong of me to ask that While we keep Oklahoma in our minds we keep ion mind the innocents who have died in drone strikes.
Please compare these statements if you give a fuck
Here’s a comment from a local Oklahoma Resident:
I’m an Oklahoman. Why do I continue to live here? good question, especially at the moment. To answer a few points: We have excellent forewarning systems by the local news/weather tv stations. The problem is that 1) most homes here don’t have basements and only a fraction have storm shelters 2) Storms are getting STRONGER. I’ve lived in OK for 50 years and these HUGE tornadoes are becoming more frequent. We traditionally had several smaller tornadoes during the year and learned to crouch in an interior closet or bathtub. Schools have scheduled TORNADO DRILLS. Kids and teachers crouch in the interior halls and cover their heads.We survived normal tornadoes. I’ve spent many hours both as a student and teacher crouched in school halls during both drills and actual storm events. But this was a monster event that was not the normal tornado. Since today’s storm path followed much the same path as those in 1999 and 2003,maybe nothing should be rebuilt in that area. Make it a park. Call it Tornado Alley. Build more storm shelters. They will probably be doing a booming business. We need to learn from these tragedies and adapt. Very scary.
Comment from a Drone Survivor, taken from here
I interviewed a woman whose husband was killed in that strike. The day of the strike, he went to the souk to look for a job. He was a jobless man; he was working day by day. The woman was so happy, she said today her husband will find work and he’ll come home in the afternoon with food for their four kids. Unfortunately, she learned later that he was killed. It was one of the most tragic cases where a U.S. strike killed innocent civilians.
There was no working hospital around that strike for civilian victims. So, neighbors carried the victims to the local post office around the corner; that was the only space available to carry so many civilian victims. It became a makeshift hospital, because the real hospital was bombed. I visited this “hospital” [the post office] and I said, “This is anything but a hospital.” It was full of trash; there was no equipment – I mean it was a post office that became uglier, dirtier. If you went in and weren’t injured, you’d walk out of it with diseases and infections. It was one of the worst places I’ve seen. I’ve never seen a toilet as bad as the one I saw in this “hospital.” It’s a tragic place.
Also, even after a month, the site of the strike was so fresh that I could still see some flesh and blood of civilian victims in the sand. Nothing has been done for these people. Not even an apology almost one year after the strike. Every single person I interviewed said Al-Arshani was not AQAP. Whether he was not, there was a massacre of civilians that had nothing to do with him.
You mentioned Yemeni people are now terrified. What are the persistent psychological effects of such strikes?
There’s a man from the middle of Yemen who said that the mothers used to scare the children by saying, “You better go to bed now, or else I’ll call your father!” Now, they say, “We’re going to call the planes!” The U.S. has changed the whole local perception and you have changed the culture. It’s like the children in America are waiting for Santa to come from the sky and give them presents. Now, in Yemen, the children are waiting for a different type of American Santa – he comes from the sky to drop bombs. That’s the type of gifts Yemeni kids get. In Iraq, it’s different; those people can see the U.S. soldiers. If they don’t like you, they can at least have a conversation with that soldier. You can speak with them. Here, you’re just bombing and running away, and bombing and running away.