The scale of the tsunami disaster in the Indian Ocean is absolutely overwhelming. I cannot even process the magnitude of a tragedy that literally wipes over 60,000 people and their houses and towns off the face of the earth into the ocean.
I have had to think about how or why I can stomach to maintain this trivial blog during such a time of tragedy. The only answer for me is that these trivialities can help.
When I was visting Tasmania last week, I slept through the tremor which turned out to be the precursor to the killer quake off Sumatra. I can't help but feel that this disaster could have so easily been reversed, and so easily happened to me and my loved ones. And if not that, then some other disaster.
We spend our whole lives next to an awful gaping and growing chasm that would consume us all. It is absolutely horrifying, and the only way we can stay sane is to cover this chasm with the insubstantial webs that we weave from less important things.