I remember a long time ago I saw an old newsreel about the possibilities of weather control. The short movie speculated that hurricanes could be diverted with rockets shot into the atmosphere and thus creating artificial moisture or pressure centers. More recently the idea is to use mirrors to artificially heat areas of atmosphere and do much the same thing. The main idea is to create atmospheric barriers that storms and hurricanes cannot cross or that weaken those storms as they cross them. It would also be possible to strike the center of a storm and weaken it. If perfected the whole thing would make things like super storm Sandy a thing of the past. From a getting off this rock point of view, terraforming possibilities exist within these technologies, so more power to these people on several fronts.
Hurricane Sandy / Super Storm Sandy has been one of those storms where I think such weather control technology would have been well worth the money spent. I believe it would be a welcome addition to any disaster control team.
That said, I suppose I should apologize for my misguided and egotistical Christian brethren who propose that such disasters are God’s Wrath. Sorry, I do not think so. It gets very hard to maintain such theology in the face of say children being drowned by flood-waters or burned by fires. When good people suffer, it is hard to say this is the Wrath of God. It makes God into a mean sadistic SOB. I would rather look at it as one of those things that simply exists in this world and to be honest in many respects I think they are ever-present simply to teach the human race to grow, develop and mature. Perhaps God is simply waiting for us to get off our collective asses and develop weather control. God has perhaps placed the solutions to our problems in our hands but we have not the sense to act. We are waiting to be delivered and the tool of our deliverance is already in our hands.
Unfortunately, to many of those of faith see God as a cosmic Santa Claus that one needs to always bail them out of a jam. God becomes the thing that saves them not the one who develops them. As a father, I often have the means to bail my children out of a jam but that does not mean I always should. I have never attempted to spoil my children because I feel it would be bad for them. I believe God is much the same way. This is not God’s wrath, it is simply the laws of physics in action and we have the capacity to stop it if we put our collective minds to it. If God were to just take storms and hurricanes away, how would we get better as a race? It is the challenges that make us grow. People die yes, but people die every day. These things are just another way it happens.
My ultimate goal as a father is that my children love me but can stand on their own two feet for most of life. They may still need family and community from time to time but for the most part I think and hope that I have taught them that the first duty of a citizen is to take care of themselves so they are in a position help others and not be a burden to society. That is achieved by defending and valuing your freedom and the freedom of others, not by controlling others or limiting others. You also have to ultimately trust yourself in the end. Liberty and opportunity are the greatest gifts and they need to be defended at all costs in order for a person to achieve this or a society to achieve greatness. If God acts the same way, then maybe it is simply time to do for ourselves to grow up as the human race.
Yes, I know there are other people who read and write for this site who are not believers. It is not my point, that they should be; rather, my point is that being a believer does not mean that one should divorce oneself from using grey matter to think intelligently. I only buy the wrath of God angle, if some guy gets out there and predicts the disaster ahead of time with details like intensity, date and time and then it happens. Otherwise, it is simply a storm like many others.
What should be happening from those of faith is not judgment, but fulfilling of the mandate to treat others as we would want to be treated. So far the truest Christian I have seen in all this is one of my parishioners who will be traveling east with some friends and a water pump to help people get the waters back where they belong. He does not give two dingoes’ kidneys whether or not Sandy is God’s wrath or not, he just knows people need help and he is going to help them. What we need is not condemnation by the religious talking heads, but a use of our minds to come up with better ways to help with and stop disasters. Then perhaps, God will see we have matured and guide us to and through the next step. Maybe weather control by humans is God’s objective.
The victims of Sandy can either be casualties of God’s wrath or a catalyst for us to be better and do better as human beings. I choose the latter.