Monday, October 10, 2005

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Natural disasters bring a lot of humbleness and humility into our lives. As we sit and watch the devastation of South Asia’s earthquake on TV, it’s hard to ignore the fact that in the past couple of years there have been more natural disaster than I can remember in my entire life. Starting with the Tsunami and ending with Katrina, that left the world’s most advanced nation helpless and now the earthquake. Are we really as strong and prepared as we think?

The revelation of the end of times has suggested that there will come an era in man’s life when natural disasters will increase in quantity and damage. I can’t help but remember that the end is always near, but suddenly it seems as though we are rounding the corner to it.

Its times like this that I wonder, what are we leaving behind for our children? We live in a world where we have no sense of morals or values. This is the age of unmarried pregnant teens. Broken families where affairs and infidelity are household words. It’s an age of drug and alcohol abuse. We’ve stopped caring for our elderly; mothers no longer invest their time and effort to raise their children. We put ourselves before others and we’ve become more materialistic today than we have ever been before.

I wish I could tell my daughter that the world is a wonderful place, but that would be lying. And we promised we would never lie to her. I just hope that amidst all this sadness and disturbing images on TV she can learn that there are good things in the world , but now we just have to look harder for them than before.

3 Comments:

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous D said...

It must be difficult to find a way to explain certain world events to young children. It's difficult enough for adults to find explanations for such things.

When the giant tsunami took place last year, I read a very interesting article which put forward the idea that what we refer to as 'disasters' are actually far from being 'evil' or destructive, if one looks at them from the point of view of nature. Oceans, tides, tectonic plates, volcanoes, winds, rain... all these things were created and given 'lives' and functions of their own. And yes, tragically for us, sometimes their 'lives' don't exist harmoniously alongside ours, but they never stray off the path of what is 'good' and 'true' and 'natural' for them.

I just thought that was an interesting perspective.

 
At 11:52 PM, Anonymous O said...

Or that nothing is guaranteed in this life except the fact that we will die. A fact that most people hide from.

Rich, poor, old, or young death will visit us when we least expect it; one minute before.

It's perfectly natural, to learn that we will die. Makes us more alert about what we do and how we live our life. Keeps us focused on what is really important.

Material wealth for two minutes of pleasure or the feeding of orphan and the destitute.

That’s why natural disaster happen to see how the living will react.

Omair

 
At 4:40 AM, Blogger jammie said...

firstly thanks for visiting my blog AND reading all my archives!! my blog started out as "the bride's prejudice"...evolved to the "walk of wife" and one day will move on inshallah to "bringing up baby" also! :)

your post hit so many nerves and yet...dont you think the world was always like this? immense amounts of both bad and good. i personally think Allah mian has created equal amounts, they just get distributed not evenly. i dont think its gotten worse, i just think we realize more. its our time. its our reality...and really all we can do is be the best example you can. and leave the rest to God.

 

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