I will start off with some shocking news that gave me the inspiration to write this post today! In the last week, two earthquakes hit my city, both were above the 3.0 Richter Scale line. Each was powerful enough to cause the city to move, not to mention shake my house! …But I honestly did not think that it was important enough to do more than be a hilarious update in on my friends Facebook page. Imagine my surprise when I found the story on the news the very next day. I began to question why these stations are willing to report the two earthquakes, even though they did not do much (if any) harm. Maybe it was just a slow news day? I played it off, while thinking how similar it was similar to news like how one of the Kardashians being married or some other non-newsworthy report that was able to be passed off as “news”. Then heard about the 8.0 earthquake in Chile…That was a true newsworthy article, as not only was it a powerful earthquake that collapsed homes and killed people, but it also resulted in a tsunami to form. Again, I could not help but compare this destruction to something that humans have done. That day, I realized how much the human species was to natural disasters and their results.
The human species has resided in this earth about a minute, if compared to a clock that is the total time the Earth had been in existence. In that minute of existence, humans brought upon much change as all other occurrences throughout the time periods. Humans, like natural disasters, are capable of unbelievable amounts of damage…yet are also capable of doing little. For instance, humans can be in the activity of cutting trees down in a pattern. The result is growth of younger trees due to the extra source of sun light, and the little displacement of animal homes. However, humans are also capable of damages unseen before…like the atomic bombs dropped during WWII. The deaths and destruction was like having the epicenter of a large tornado and earthquake occur right where the bombs were dropped. Both humans and natural disasters are capable of untold amounts of harm.
Now the similarities based on news. The result of human activities, large or small, are always reported on the news. From the revolution of a country to a report on the activities of the Justin Bieber, it seems that all activities of humans can be seen on TV. All these news seem to be more dramatized then they actually are. It’s just like how the news reports disasters. From the small earthquake felt in my city to the devastating results of Hurricane Katrina, all news based on Natural Disasters are reported in a dramatic flare.
In the end, after viewing the reports from the news station, I recognized similarities in reports and destruction. Maybe its because I am not ignorant to how devastating my species is, or maybe I’m just overly depressed about my species…but I could not help but notice how alike the human species is to natural disasters, both on the destructive results and how we hear about them.