...In one of those old disaster movies from the 1970s, there was a line, “Earthquakes bring out the worst in people.” It seems hurricanes do, too. [...and it might bring out the best in some other people]
A lot of the folks on the barrier islands, for instance, didn’t want to evacuate. They were afraid their homes and shops would be looted before they could return. And there was the usual contingent of idiots who saw in the disaster an occasion for merriment: break out the surfboards and the video-cams, this is gonna be great!
The governor and umpteen dozen local mayors hit the airwaves to plead with people not to use the roads until the storm was over. ... Do you think that kept people off the roads? Think again! What the heck—if you want a sack of donuts or a really nice latte, don’t let a little thing like an official State of Emergency cramp your style....
Because we no longer believe that the earth is the Lord’s, we cannot see, we cannot hear. If the next storm were to be ten times as terrible as this one, still we would be deaf to God’s voice. We only hear “scientific explanations” of the storm—those of us who aren’t captivated by the man-made hurricane theory.
But a scientific explanation, while true, only describes what a hurricane does. It doesn’t tell us what a hurricane is.
We grope our way into the future, blind and deaf and with our hearts closed to understanding.
We can hear Bette Midler, but we can’t hear God.