Well the paper had the first “God did it to punish the sinners” letter today. I’ve always loved the meat ax school of theology. Considering the state of the Gulf and Gulf coast part of our oil industry we could just as easily argue that God did it to remind us how fragile our oil based energy economy is. Or we could argue that overextending our economy to fight a war that didn’t need to be fought leaves very little margin for disaster. None of these are true.
We live on a world rich in earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, blizzards, nor’easters and yes, hurricanes. If Katrina has any meaning it’s to remind us how little we understand any of those events, how preparations no matter how extensive may never be enough, and how much we depend on each other.
If the Creator has anything to do with these events it’s to lend us the strength to get through the tragedies, to try and find some comfort when comfort is in pitifully short supply, to rebuild where we can and move on if we have to.
If these words aren’t enough, I suspect we’re in a realm beyond words. There are times when words, no matter how well meant or well intentioned are never enough.