Nowhere is the hubris of humankind more on display than in the construction of large energy projects–particularly, nuclear and hydroelectric facilities.
The only thing more powerful than the split atom is the combination of two hydrogen atoms with an oxygen atom. This molecule, which we call water, is brutal and lovely, at once–yin and yang.
Water is ubiquitous on Earth, and scarce or nonexistent on other planets.
About three-quarters of our body is composed of this miraculous aqua-liquid. It can form tsunamis several stories high that lay waste to our grand reactor vessels with hardly a thought. It can seep into the fissures of the earth and cause earthquakes while we’re sleeping. It’s animate and yet inert, the stuff of life that also forms the soup of our vast oceans.
In the last few days, it committed mass murder in Japan.
From the outside, in
I’m in China right now, where some are jubilant that what they call these “ugly” people will suffer.
They still can’t forget the mass murders of the 20th Century, which many Japanese still deny. Still, China has sent a rescue team already and contemplates the use of its Navy.
My great hope is that we can come together in harmony during a time that promises to be increasingly difficult for human existence. As the end of the Mayan calendar approaches and we contemplate a new era, there may not be trumpets and horsemen. But we can hope that the explosions in Fukushima sound an alarm that humanity heeds.
Let us bury the hatchets of the past and unbury ourselves from the mess we’ve created.
Let us walk in balance (走在平衡)
–Alexander Lee, Transition Voice Magazine
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