Tuesday, 25 January 2011

National Security?

It began to rain here at about 5:00 p.m. today.  

In fact since that time until now (just before 8:00 p.m.) we’ve had 1.40”.   

That’s good, cos we need every drop in rain-starved Florida.  It’s unusual because we are not in the rainy season (June through November).  The rain was preceded by strongish winds which reached 28 mph.

At just about 5:00 p.m. even though he lives less than half a mile away, I drove over to visit with my friend Ben, preferring not to be soaked in the heavy rain.

At about 5:30 p.m. our mutual friend Bob arrived.  He announced that our County was under a tornado watch.  That was a bit of “news” that I’d missed, since I do not watch T.V., and rarely listen to the “wireless”  at home.

But it did not matter. After all, what could I have done even if I had heard about the tornado watch?

The correct answer is “not a damn thing!”.

Our nations spend countless dollars, euros, and pounds in the quest for the illusion and obsession of what is called “national security”.

And yet, even with the semi-fascistic apparatuses of “security”,  which we have come to accept as a norm, we are ever vulnerable to powerful and uncontrollable forces.

The mortifying floods in Australia, Brasil and Sri Lanka; and the dangerous and bitterly cold weather in New England remind us of two things:

1. We are not in control.
2. “Security”  cannot be guaranteed.

Thus if we are wise we shall learn to live “one day at a time”.   


Or as the Bible puts it in Proverbs 27 verse 1.  "Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring".

That is a somber bit of wisdom.  

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