Wednesday, January 05, 2005
All these past week, all the people can talk about is the Tsunami. The victims, the damages, the miracle stories, etc. As for me, the pictures are the worst. It shows the power of nature versus human, and we lose.
There are only two course of actions for us now, to help the current victims and at least try to prevent it from happening again. Prevent??? Maybe not prevent, but at least try to contain it and make sure that in the next round, we are not caught unaware.
I see a lot of video clips and still pictures where the picnickers and other people actually staring and pointing to the tsunami waves. Why are they not running the h*&% out of there? Reason is that we are not educated about tsunamis. Sure, we learn about it in Form 4 and 5. About the big waves that could actually change the face of the earth, the hundreds and thousands of people that could easily die, properties could be washed away. But then, we only memorize these information only until the end of the year, where we put all these information on paper, and then totally forgot about it. We do not know the cycle of the tsunami, how and why it happened. So, when we notice that the water level was dramatically low or see the beautiful white frothed waves, we simply stare and point at it.
And then, when it happened, the whole nation only knew about it during the 8 o'clock evening news. Why are the public not informed of the coming tsunami even though we felt the earthquake? When Langkawi was washed by the tsunami, why are the folks in Kuala Muda, Penang and the rest are not informed? Weird isn't it? We are a nation and we do not care that humongous waves are crashing at Langkawi.
Hey, I read that US had detected the earthquake the minute it happened! Why are we not told? Where is the information bottleneck?
From my view, education and by God better communication service are required to enable us to have at least a fighting chance against tsunami.
Better make it NOT ONLY tsunami. What about tornado, typhoon, frogs falling from the sky? Include those too. Ridiculous? Remember, we used to think that tsunamis only happened to Japan and Hawaii.
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The race of man shall perish, but the eyes
Of trilobytes eternal in stone,
And seem to stare about in mild surprise
At changes greater than they have yet known.
- T.A. Conrad
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
- William Blake,
excerp from Auguries of Innocence.