It is more entertaining and sometimes even more informative to read the comments on stories rather than the actual news story. Sometimes it makes one wonder if that is not the original intent of the story to begin with.
Hurricane “Sandy” has been no exception. The political beast has risen its ugly head.
Comments are usually partisan; left or right, blame Bush, blame Obama, blame God, or blame the sins of the people.
News and media outlets always want to report the worst. That is what dictates better ratings.
It is amusingly predictable that every year a farmer or local curmudgeon is led before the camera to utter the same words over and over again, “I’ve lived her for thirty years and never seen it this bad.”
This, of course, is not to diminish the size of hurricane “Sandy.” This will be called the “storm of the century” or “once in a lifetime,” which indeed, it appears to be.
To suggest blame on anything is not even speculation, it is fantasy. Things happen and no one can prepare for every contingency.
People who live below or only a few feet above sea level should expect the worst. That said, people who live in California should expect earthquakes, the Midwest should expect tornadoes, the West should expect wildfires, the Gulf states and Eastern seaboard should expect hurricanes, and so on.
When the human factor is added to those situations it spells catastrophe. There are miscalculations, aid misdirected, persons who don’t comply with warnings, and outright incompetence to name a few.
Soon, if not already, the blame game has begun. This event will be politicized by left and right.
The only thing that really makes sense is to pitch in and help. Many hands make the load lighter and volunteering keeps the monetary cost of such catastrophes as Hurricane “Sandy” to a minimum.
No one is to blame for such things. Politicians, civil servants, and public officials can do only so much.
Those who think God is punishing an evil and debauched society are not taking into account the many good people who are impacted also. When these things happen it gives all an opportunity to display Godly qualities of love, mercy, charity, and compassion. (Genesis 18: 22-32.)
The expense of “Sandy” is initially estimated in the neighborhood of 22 billion dollars. This year it is estimated that 8 billion dollars will be spent on Halloween. It is simple math; cancel the holiday for the next three years. Or it could be all paid for at once; just cut back on Christmas by 5%. Sure, I know that’s not going to happen, but it gives some idea of how much everybody doing a little of something can have an impact.
In the mean time, if you are reading this and adversely effected by the storm be assured of my prayers, meditations, and concerns.
It is easy to cast blame on political leaders, authorities, or God, but it’s not productive or healthy. Instead realize sometimes things happen. Note what the Bible says at Ecclesiastes 9:11; “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”