Monday, January 3, 2005

A Tsunami Is a Moronic Disaster

There seems to be nothing like a crisis with a large death toll that can pull America together in unity and make us want to throw our hard earned dollars towards. A major tsunami happened, tens of thousands are dead and you can't go a day without hearing of another fundraiser for the survivors. If you feel so inclined to do so, I say do it, but first ask yourself this question, "are you going to encourage the survivors to rebuild their lives without learning a lesson from all this?

Is there anyone in the world who hasn't heard about hurricanes, tsunamis, floods or earthquakes? Yet people seem to believe that if they build a house, hut, or shanty along the ocean shore, volcano, river or fault zone, they are immune to such things. Have they not heard of such natural events that may afflict these areas? Yet these people keep building, natural disasters destroying, and we keep mourning the losses while throwing large sums of money and actually ENCOURAGING them to rebuild in order to get their lives back together. How smart is that? We should kick them in the butt, encourage them to run into the highlands and yell at them to not come back unless at their own risk.

We citizens of the United States aren't any better when the disaster strikes our own county. How many earthquakes have happened along the Florida coast in my lifetime? Hundreds? Yet is seems like every year, some place there is declared a disaster area and we throw millions of dollars of MY tax money at them for rebuilding. People get flooded out along America's rivers every year and yet, there are always more people willing to build where others left. Why? Because they get financial incentive from insurance companies offering flood insurance and who in turn raise MY premiums to pay for it all.

Natural disaster is somewhat an oxymoronic term. How can those of us not affected declare something that occurs naturally a disaster? It may seem like a disaster to those stupid enough to be involved but shouldn't it be labeled a moronic disaster? One should reasonably expect something natural to happen and take steps to avoid it so not to endanger yourselves or others. For those too stupid to realize that one day a tsunami could come and sweep them from the face of the earth, maybe it is just Mother Nature's way of cleaning out our gene pool. The same thing can be said for those who build near fault zones, volcanoes and rivers.

So why encourage these people in the tsunami zone of destruction or along the coast or Florida or along the Mississippi river or around Mt. Saint Helens to rebuild again by giving them money? Maybe it is time we tax payers say enough is enough. You got yourself into the situation now get yourself out. Both heavily populated United States coastlines are very vulnerable to this type of moronic disaster and I want to be the first to go on record and say, "I told you so!"

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