Go With the Wise?  Or, Follow The Fools?

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In the movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy was blown away as she was trying desperately to reach the storm cellar.  Across “Tornado Alley,” in the 1930’s, everyone had one.

My wife, Kathy, loves to talk about her family vacations to visit the relatives, down on the farm, in Kansas.  She talks about wood cooking stoves, outhouses, goose chases, cow-tipping and…storm cellars.

I am wondering.  Did everyone build storm cellars because they were sufficiently wise to know that if you wanted to LIVE in rural Kansas, you had to have one?  Or were they built simply to store food—thus a root cellar—and they just lucked into a safe place if a tornado happened along?

Probably, they were wise enough to know that their LIVES—SURVIVAL—required a space for both.

So, here come the extreme weather events of the 21st century:

  • Wind driven forest fires
  • More ferocious hurricanes
  • Outside of historical norm floods
  • Ripping lives to shreds tornados
  • Crops decimated by too much or too little water.

Are we wise enough to follow the best practices of our ancestors to “Be Prepared.”  Or are we committed to the foolishness of conventional wisdom that says, “It won’t happen here.  It can’t happen to me.”

Why is it that the counsel of Jesus from the Bible’s Book of Matthew–the warning to the fools who continue to build their houses and their lives on the sand—is so easily ignored in our culture?  Here is one possible answer.  We have come to trust far to much for our own safety the “systems” that we currently depend on in our very comfortable world.  The government will take care of us, rescue us, provide for our security.  The shelves in the grocery stores will always be well stocked.  Electricity, internet, and prosperity are dependable and permanent facts of our lives.  We are safely settled in the promised land.  Really?                

Are we really that glassy eyed that we can not see clearly to read the signs of our times?

By and large, the answer is, “YES!”

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