The Turning Away

The Turning Away

Like so many crises of the past I avert my eyes from the Great Tsunami, the destruction of nature, the exploding inner chambers of nuclear reactors and the irony of it all.  I avoid TV newscasts, CNN, Internet sources of unending footage, rescues, and conversation about this or other catastrophes world wide:  Libya, Haiti, the Middle East in general, Mexico, Central America, etc.  The list of debacles is endless.  

Is this avoidance a sin?  To remove oneself from the fray?  Even updates on the horror?  To turn away? How many of us can identify?  How many feel obliged to look?  Not only once but at every hour?  We guess at the worst and see our fears fulfilled.

One may give money, travel to serve and comfort, pray endlessly for relief, join causes to alleviate future calamities, and turn inward attempting to find a reason or meaning in it all.  These motions are necessary actions. 

The turning away is not uncaring or hardness of heart.  Psychologically one turns while seeing it all completely, albeit form afar.  One sits with the fact of suffering and destruction.  The Earth has its way despite our so-called progress.  It shall always trump our paltry pretensions.  The Earth is beyond us.