Earthquake in Greece: The Earth Will Go On without Us
On Friday, an earthquake struck the southern Greek island of Crete. The tremor registered approximately 6.2 on the Richter scale. Quantifying the seismic force of an earthquake, the Richter scale maxes at ten. Ten being an extremely massive and destructive quake, and anything fewer than two is understood as a minor, micro tremor that cannot be felt.
The year 2011 has already brought an unprecedented number of natural disasters. Earthquakes over 7.0 on the Richter scale have struck Japan, Argentina, Chile and Pakistan. The most significant death toll occurred in Tōhoku, Japan, where over ten thousand people perished.
Through such natural disasters, it is clear that the geological processes of Earth are unable to be altered. Earth is a dynamic planet that is constantly changing. In the words of the great comedian George Carlin, “The planet’ll shake us off like a bad case of fleas. A surface nuisance.” Though humans may not last for centuries to come, the planet surely will. From dinosaurs to dodos, species have come and gone, only for the Earth to keep functioning and spinning around the Sun.
Human life is truly magnificent, yet fragile. Humans should realize that their footprints and actions will effect generations to come. Though there are many forces that cannot be stopped, the better we treat our planet, the less hostile of a place it will be to live. If natural disasters show us anything, it is the tremendous power of earth and the subservience humans face to its means.
Yes, certainly the earth will go on without us in that it will not be destroyed. But – it will be cleansed.
While many believe, or prefer to believe, that what we are experiencing is our earth going through normal cycles – it’s anything but normal.
Bottom line, it ain’t Mother Nature that’s mad… it’s God.
It’s not “Mother Nature’s Power” that we should be reminded of, but the One who created nature and is nature itself.