What’s Kevin Rudd going to do about Eyjafjallajokull!
If ever there was a sign we’re pretty powerless in the face of Mother Nature it’s thousands of tonnes of ash and molten lava spewing out of the earth and making air travel impossible for millions of frustrated would-be travellers.
The eruption of Eyjafjallajokull (according to the New York Times it sounds a little like “Hey, ya fergot La Yogurt”) has been greeted as a mass inconvenience.
Holiday makers and business people the world over have nodded sagely while being told their plane has been grounded because of the real chance it could come hurtling towards the earth with its engines disabled by airborne rubble and sighed: “yeah, but I really need to get to that meeting/I’ve been saving for this holiday for years/but it’s Anzac Day on Sunday!”
I’m half expecting to see footage in the coming days of Aussie backpackers in Frankfurt demanding Kevin Rudd send in the Air Force to rescue them, such is the sense of entitlement we have about our ability to flit around the world unhindered by anything as pesky as a major natural event.
But we’re looking at this aggravation to our modern lives all wrong.
Maybe a week of us all staying put is just what we all needed to realise that perhaps we’re worrying too much.
Next time you’re feeling guilty about forgetting to take your reusable bio-degradable slightly mouldy bag to the supermarket maybe you should remember that the last time the volcano on the Yellowstone national park in the US erupted, 640,000 years ago, it sent 1000 kms squared of rock and dust into the sky.
Not much a canvas shopping bag with a whiff of seedy potato is going to do in the face of that awesome power. And who knows when that will happen again. All we do know is that geologists believe it will. Perhaps we should worry about that.
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