Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Offbeat Tsunami News

Like many others, Skor is stunned and deeply saddened by the terrible devastation wrought by the December 26th tsunami. First and foremost, please go here to learn about ways you can help. Users of Amazon.com have already given over 1.7 million dollars directly to the Red Cross for relief (or, in other words, over 13 times as much as France has pledged so far). And don't forget to pray.

An interesting story in all the tsunami mess is that of the animals. There are some reports from Sri Lanka that very few animals were killed in the tsunami's path. An official in the report is quoted as saying: "I think animals can sense disaster. They have a sixth sense. They know when things are happening." Skor thinks that perhaps he's reading a bit too much into this. Think about it. What is the primary goal of animals? In everything they do, they are focused on one thing: survival.

Contrast this with humans, who spend their time "[busying] themselves about their various concerns" and going "to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter."* Animals don't have a "sixth sense." They just know how to keenly use their existing five senses to detect slight (but dangerous) changes in their environment. Surviving is what they're designed to do, after all. We humans are too busy worrying ourselves about all of our silly "concerns" to pay the same kind of attention to our surroundings that animals do. And so, when something like this happens, we are caught unaware. I think something we can all learn from this disaster is to pay more attention to what is going on around us. Take time to literally stop and smell the roses. And enjoy what days you are graced with on this planet.

Source: Yahoo! News via Drudge

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