An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Tragedies around the world and Man's Greed

Chinese tragedy.jpgLast week has been a terrible one for the world. Several large – man made and natural – have struck killing several and maiming and injuring many hundreds. Here is the list:

– Tornadoes in the US states of Missouri and Oklahoma killing 23 (BBC)
– Serial blasts killing over 80 and injuring many. (WSJ)
– Earthquake in China (different estimates) killing between 10-50,000 people. (MSNBC . CNN)
– Cyclone in Myanmar (Burma) killing upwards of 100,000 people and counting. (CNN)

It is difficult to say whether man is more terrible or nature?

In at least two of the tragedies, man and his evil mind has been the principle culprit – Jaipur’s bomb blasts and Myanmar’s tragedy after the cyclone when its dictator would not let in AID agencies!

The other tragedies also have a hand of man although it is tough to create a direct relationship. The US tornadoes could have resulted from the effects of Climate change. The fact that its colder this year and the cold air mixed with hot air resulted in these tornadoes does point to a reason far beyond just nature gone wild.

I have been saying that the entire area in South East Asia is under tremendous change. There have been numerous earth-quakes in Indonesia and surrounding areas in the last 2 years and some big ones are due in South Asia as well. The plates underground are shifting a lot in that region. They have been for thousands of years, but now there seems to be some instability with large set of disturances.

With all this greed and religion that we have now in the world, I am not sure if we are progressing or regressing. Recently I have been seeing an ad on CNN from the consortium of oil companies in the US saying they have enough Oil in the US to power 160 million households for 60 years! I am not sure what you think of this but to me this insults my intelligence! SIXTY YEARS! Is that FAR how we want to see? Is that how short sighted we are now?

This generation is politically and intellectually dwarfed. We have chosen to live for our own selves without caring even for our kids!

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