Oh hi! If you’d like some perspective, something to ground you back to earth, to its fragility, take a gander at this article about the Cascadia fault line, which is most definitely going to cause a massive quake, ‘1 out of 3 chances it’ll be in the next 50 years,’ and most of Northern California, Oregon, Washington state and a chunk of Canada will just get submerged beneath a tsunami and just, you know, go floating off to sea like it never was. Schools and homes and grandparents and bikes and stores and trees and books and cars. I can’t not fear this / wonder about this / worry about this. NO LONGER IF, BUT WHEN. Why doesn’t this shake us as it should? The writer posits:
The earth is 4.5 billion years old, but we are a young species, relatively speaking, with an average individual allotment of three score years and ten. The brevity of our lives breeds a kind of temporal parochialism—an ignorance of or an indifference to those planetary gears which turn more slowly than our own.
But what are we to DO about it? As the writer even more eloquently asks it:
The Cascadia situation, a calamity in its own right, is also a parable for this age of ecological reckoning, and the questions it raises are ones that we all now face. How should a society respond to a looming crisis of uncertain timing but of catastrophic proportions? How can it begin to right itself when its entire infrastructure and culture developed in a way that leaves it profoundly vulnerable to natural disaster?