In my post of October 8th (I can’t bear it) I talked about how we are destroying the environment and predicted terrible things for humanity.
What do you know but 3 weeks later I am shivering in my 50-degree apartment without electricity, heat or hot water since Superstorm Sandy smashed into New Jersey.
Taking a very cold shower at age 61 is not like it was in my 30’s and 40’s. It verges on life-threatening, exposing how age robs us of our physical reserves. It’s the same with these hurricanes. When the population was smaller, our coastlines not overbuilt, and sea levels were not rising by 3/4 of an inch a year, hurricanes were dangerous but civilization was resilient.
Now in the age of Katrina and Sandy, storms are bigger and we are more vulnerable. We no longer have any environmental reserve to buffer us, or the ability to fall back to a simpler way of life. With no gasoline or electricity, civilized society begins to break down.
I saw that last night waiting in line for gas. A homeowner was getting combative because we were obstructing his driveway. It wasn’t that he needed to get in or out, he just hated us. Earlier, someone fought a cop to the ground at the same gas station. I never found out why, but in Verona we have the nicest cops you could ask for.
Such angry people are not starving or without shelter like the real victims of Superstorm Sandy in places like Hoboken and Queens. They are swept up by the terror of events which are out of their control. They are on the bleeding edge of evolutionary incompetence, because they cannot work with others and they cannot think for themselves. It’s people like that who we have to fear in the years to come, even more than the weather.