Force of Nature

September 11, 2011

The Blue-eyed Bear observes some strange birds.

The 10th anniversary of the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York City, the attack on the Pentagon, and the plane crash near Shanksville PA. a series of events collectively known as 9-11 provides the B-E Bear a time for sobering reflection. When all these terrible acts occurred the B-E Bear had yet to leave home and seemed secure in her icy estate. But on her Adventures she has since observed the great destruction humans wrought on themselves. For instance, Bears don’t fly (well maybe only in their dreams) yet, Humans have turned flight into a common means of transport,  a joy to many, as well as a means of destruction. Ten years ago on that fateful September day the  common means of transport was without warning morphed into a means of destruction.  Great buildings fell spewing forth debris that, like a volcano, could be seen from space.

The Twin Towers fall as seen from the International Space Station, a NASA image.

After 9-11 if anyone questions whether humans can effect  the environment they need to take the perspective of  the fall of the Twin Towers from space. What happened that day had immediate repercussions  unlike the unseen, but no less devastating slow accumulation of  pollution that is heating this planet. The tragedy of 9-11 is a vivid demonstration  for all living  generations, that  they are a force that can unleash unthinkable destruction in an instant and or over the course of time. Other forces of nature such as  volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunami, or slow grinding of the tectonic plates can’t be stopped.  However,  humans believe they can change course and  choose a less destructive path. But can they? 

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