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Re: prayer for those in the path of hurricane Jeanne

Posted by Dinah on September 27, 2004, at 12:03:43

In reply to Re: prayer for those in the path of hurricane Jeanne Jai Narayan, posted by rayww on September 25, 2004, at 16:26:23

Of course, if you look at the devastation a hurricane brings to those who live "simpler" lives of necessity, it makes technology look not half bad.

A hurricane bearing down on a community of brick and wood houses full of people with the resources to flee isn't a pleasant thought. The property loss is immense.

A hurricane bearing down on a community with the simplest sort of homes, no steel reinforcement, no computer simulated hurricane model designed homes, and no resources to flee is total devastation in human loss.

If you take away even more technology in the form of satellite pictures and hurricane planes, you're left with people enjoying a pleasant day with no thought of fleeing caught unaware as the hurricane destroys their homes and lives.

Technology ain't half bad. We're lucky to live in a part of the world where a natural disaster causes far fewer deaths than if the same disaster hit an area that has less money and less resources. Check the death toll as hurricanes hit the US as opposed to some of the poorer countries or to similar hurricanes in the good old days.

We may be vulnerable in ways we weren't then, but we are less vulnerable in many important ways too.

 

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