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January 4th, 2005


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08:27 am - Tsunami, etc.
I admit. Like fred_smith, I have trouble conceptualizing the Tsunami. I feel disconnected. Obviously, I'm supposed to feel something. Hell, everyone reading this journal seems to be sickened, saddened, or stupified by the thing. About the only "S" word I haven't seen is "sleezy". I think I'm happy that no one feels "sleezy" about the Tsunami.

I gave up worrying about it, though. I don't think it's a failing as a human being. I don't think I'm less of a person. Heck, I don't even think that I'm expected to feel bad about the whole thing.

Is it because I didn't lose a loved one? Is it because I have a really dark sense of humour? Is it because I still haven't mailed out Christmas cards? Is it because I secretly think that these people were dirty and unwashed and could use a good bath? Is it because I'm actually a Republican?

I don't think it's any of those reasons, but then, I'm not known for understanding things.

In the end, I tried to care. I really did. I looked at the pictures, watched the news, and whistled a low whistle at the numbers, shaking my head at the initial offer of $35M of aid. I had all the outward signs of a genuinely caring person. Yet try as I might to care, I failed miserably.

What was my first thought when I heard about the earthquake? "Isn't that near Krakatoa? I'd like to visit there someday." What about when I heard about the tidalwave? "Didn't they expect that?"

I'm sorry, my friends. I just don't feel it.

Think of me what you must.
Current Mood: hopefulLookin' up.
Current Music: "Little Egypt", -JB

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From:tosk
Date:January 4th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
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Why would that be a failing? Life ends. Death happens. Does it really matter how it happened? All 140,000 people were going to die someday, why should it be a big deal that they all died from the same big wave? The circle of life must have death included, otherwise we'd be a planet overpopulated by a bunch of apelike creatures that think that digital watches are a really neat idea.

I saw an interesting archeology show about sites being uncovered in the islands near Crete. Apparently an entire advanced civilization was decimated by a tsunami, their world wiped out and gone for thousands of years, alive now only as filler for the History Channel.

May they all join Eris in the Void, like tired children, just home from a very wild circus. ;-)

Hail Eris,

Ratatosk

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