The fact that we’ve been prevented from flying over most of Western Europe the past week has really brought reality back home to roost. That’s right, we’re not masters of the universe, the masters of our own destiny after all. There are still some things bigger than us, greater than us. We are powerless against the might of nature. An erupting volcano in Iceland has upset the lives of so many people. Who would have thought it? Us. Who live in the relative safety of Europe, used to seeing natural disaster on the 9 o’clock news or on some documentary on Discovery Channel are now having to face the reality of it here – although let’s face it not being able to fly isn’t exactly a life threatening event nevertheless we are so incubated in Europe, so set apart. For someone who relies on the internet and technology in general it was reassuring to know that it’s not the be all and end all of our lives. Sometimes we just have to accept our position in the greater scheme of things, accept that we can be inconvenienced at any moment, wiped out, on a whim, for no reason whatsoever.
As a control freak I was delighted to be put in my place although I must admit I wasn’t stranded anywhere nor was I waiting to catch a plane. It must have been difficult for the millions that were but it is, nonetheless, a salutary lesson to us all.
So the next time we’re wasting time on our mobile devices, PCs, laptops, games consoles, etc thinking we’re in control of everything, next time we presume to think that we have corralled nature through our innate brilliance and technological advancement let us all remember Eyjafjallajokull, in Iceland, and put whatever device we’re using down, have a look around us, breathe in and enjoy the moment because you never know…you just never know
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