June 15th, 2013
h/t Susie Madrak at Crooks and Liars
For the rich abundance of life on this planet to have evolved required the confluence so many variables that it’s hard to get one’s mind around it. What a wonderful opportunity, and beautiful gift, the human race was presented. So of course we’ve disfigured the beauty and destroyed the gift.
As Hamlet says:
“What a piece of work is a man!
How noble in reason! How infinite in faculties!
In form and moving, how express and admirable!
In action how like an angel!
In apprehension how like a god!
The beauty of the world!
The paragon of animals!
And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?”
This time lapse video of a supercell forming over Texas reminds us both of the terrible beauty of nature, and of the terrible forces we’ve turned against ourselves. As the prophet Hosea says (KJV):
For [we] have sown the wind, and [we] shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal…