In Blissfull Ignorance
It wasn’t until this morning when I faced my computer to write my daily blog that I learned of last night’s earthquake in Alaska and the subsequent tsunami warnings it generated. Apparently, the quake off the Queen Charlotte Islands was significant but the tsunami warnings were limited to Hawaii and to the Alaskan Coast. For those of us on the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts, it was an ‘advisory’ warning only.
Even so, several Facebook friends reported a wakeful night until the warnings in Hawaii and Alaska were downgraded to ‘advisories’ early this morning; in Hawaii thousands left the coastal areas in response to emergency evacuation directives. Meanwhile, we slept through the night in blissful ignorance.
Reading about all the hullabaloo this morning – the hours of anticipation, second-guessing Mother Nature, waiting for those scientific calculations – made me think, once again, of my grandmother’s frequent comment that it’s good we cannot see into the future. But, maybe we have come pretty close. We are probably only a few techie-steps away from the fast forward button that will show us if our projections are going to prove true. The crystal ball will, at last, become a reality! YIKES!
Meanwhile, I think we are becoming more and more entrenched in the “Wolf Wolf” syndrome. How many false alarms or downgrades will it take before people simply will not heed the warnings? I suspect this household is already close to that point. Thank goodness we didn’t know what was going on! It saved us hours of unnecessary angst and concern about far-away friends.
I wonder if our forefathers appreciated their splendid isolatio…