There's so much going wrong in so much of the world so much of the time that I usually find it too overwhelming to dwell on global events. Instead, I focus on my own much narrower universe and direct my caring and concern toward my family, friends, and local community.
Today, though, it feels like my community is the world. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico threatens to become America's Chernobyl. Whole ecosystems and geographic areas may be ruined for decades or more. The oil that's spewing from the undersea well in the Gulf knows no national boundaries. The U.S., Cuba, Canada, and the entire globe will be affected by what happens there.
While the Gulf disaster represents apparent corporate and perhaps governmental negligence, greed, and technological over-reaching, the latest escalation of the Arab-Israeli conflict seems emblematic of the ethnic and racial hatreds that permeate our human family. In a world where so many good people try to live decent lives, why do others seem to thrive on conflict and destruction?
I haven't got a clue about how to make things better, but it's hard to write a cheery blog about my latest domestic absurdity in the face of millions of barrels of spilled oil and escalating tensions in the Middle East.
Hopefully, things will be better tomorrow.