Ever since Katrina, Randy Newman lyrics are running through my brain. Not that this is a new thing for me–no, Randy Newman lyrics live just below the surface of my conscience mind, always there, ready to comment on just about any old thing that may come up. It’s kinda fun to have Randy as a brain-pan mate.
But there’s nothing fun about what’s happened in Louisiana and Texas when Rita came running after Katrina.
This wasn’t just a storm we witnessed. No, this is what happens when we, as a human collective, separate ourselves from nature. No one remembers how to deal with the weather, with change, with the unexpected or even the expected, forecast — you know it’s coming — and yet? We can’t think it through. We no longer feel it, sense it, understand it.
How is it no one figured out that if you herd millions of people in thousands of cars and put them all on one highway that things might get bogged down. Reminded me of one of those Philip K. Dick stories that Brni made me read about traffic jams. It was not a pretty sight…it was a damned stupid sight and I was worried for the safety of those stuck on the road with no place to go and a hurricane headed their way. Where was the logic in that? The sense? Better they should have stocked up and hunkered down.
and then when things don’t go as planned…
We blame. We blame god, the government, the neighbor, the looter, the polluter, the wind. We blame nature for unleashing her wrath upon us for fucking up the earth. Mother is mad. Man is toxic. That’s what you get when you disconnect, disrespect, disembowel the very foundation on which you stand. You get whipped.
but then unbelievably, Fox and CNN and all the rest report how smart we are…
What I saw was government sponsored panic and it looked damn stupid BUT unbelievably, they all patted their backs for their quick action. The mind boggles.
this is what i see…
We are domesticated to the point of autism. We have forgotten what it is to be wild. To be part of the wild world. Part of the spiral, the ever changing, moving, living wilderness. Sad creatures, we. So, I need to find a better way. One where I am in charge, responsible for what happens to me and what happens to those creatures (be they man or beast) for whom I am responsible. I’m sad so many have exited the spiral, but I’m not willing to live that way anymore. I’ve seen enough of what happens when you lose your senses.