Friday, March 11, 2011

simpler times

I know Godzilla himself emerged from post-war nuclear fears, but he seems like such a manageable threat in light of today's horrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Is it scarier if mass destruction is caused by other humans during times of war, or if it comes out of the blue with the unrelenting and non-discriminating power of nature? The capacity for humans to inflict cruelty on each other is mind boggling, but in theory at least, it's also preventable. The forces of nature are undeniable and unavoidable. And even if all our fancy modern technology enables people to have a 30-second warning before a major earthquake, it also means that we have complex nuclear plants that are now imperiled and which may cause even more destruction and misery. At least a giant stomping dinosaur does his damage and then moves on.

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