Monday, July 16, 2012

Our Current "Dust Bowl"

Listening to the evening news today, I was made aware of just how bad the drought is right now in much of our nation.

The nation’s widest drought in decades is spreading, with more than half of the continental United States now in some stage of drought and most of the rest enduring abnormally dry conditions.

Only in the 1930s and the 1950s has a drought covered more land, according to federal figures released Monday. So far, there’s little risk of a Dust Bowl-type catastrophe, but crop losses could mount if rain doesn’t come soon. 

Before mass media, we seldom knew about the droughts, earthquakes, etc. throughout the world.  Because of the huge amount of information which virtually smothers us each day, many live in constant fear.

The media feeds on these stories. Yes it is tragic.  Yes it is costly.  But, farmers throughout the world have experienced these types of droughts throughout centuries.  Weather is definitely NOT as predictable as the newscasters would have us believe.  The alarmists would blame it all on "global warming". Some of that is probably true, however, these cycles of weather can be traced back through history for thousands of years in all countries.  It is a shame we have not found better ways to deal with these crisis type of droughts after all this time.   It is a shame we do not prepare for these "lean years."

Floods, earthquakes, droughts, tsunami's and all kinds of adverse weather take their toll on humankind throughout the world.  They are not new, and they will not go away.  What must happen is we must change the way we deal with these disastrous events.  We must learn to act rather than react. 

In the meantime, let's all pray for rain in the places which currently need rain.  Let's all learn to appreciate rain when it comes and deal with crisis without panic.

God Bless - Peace, Love and Joy

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