This article hits close to home for me, quite literally. The greater Seattle-area is home to the majority of my close friends and family, and when the Cascadia Subduction Zone drops, it will have disastrous effects on more people than any other natural disaster in North America.
What can we do with this fear that this article brought to the forefront of our minds? What can we do but live in fear or live in the moment? We can prepare. Know your exits in every situation, keep a backpack packed with food supplies, water, matches, water, flashlights, oh and did I say water? This article points out that it will take a month to a year to restore drinking water. And finally, lobby with cities to ensure that safety evacuations are shared with tenants, and buildings and roads are built with this ensuing threat in mind.
“On the face of it, earthquakes seem to present us with problems of space: the way we live along fault lines, in brick buildings, in homes made valuable by their proximity to the sea.”
The New Yorker featured Senator Dianne Feinstein from California regarding her self-proclaimed most important work of her career: exposing U.S. torture practices and fighting the C.I.A. and the White House. She is eighty-one, senator since 1992, the eldest sitting member of congress and is not slowing down.
One of the most interesting articles I have read about Mars (and I have read many)!
“There once were two planets, new to the galaxy and inexperienced in life. Like fraternal twins, they were born at the same time, about four and a half billion years ago, and took roughly the same shape. Both were blistered with volcanoes and etched with watercourses; both circled the same yellow dwarf star—close enough to be warmed by it, but not so close as to be blasted to a cinder. Had an alien astronomer swivelled his telescope toward them in those days, he might have found them equally promising—nurseries in the making. They were large enough to hold their gases close, swaddling themselves in atmosphere; small enough to stay solid, never swelling into gaseous giants. They were “Goldilocks planets,” our own astronomers would say: just right for life…”
“There are reasons why older is not necessarily wiser. You’re never more open to new experience than when you’re twenty. After that, the need to make money, the fear of having no work, the demands of children, the sense that the world is moving in strange new directions, the appearance of unfamiliar forms of expression that inevitably seem less wonderful than the ones that changed your life when you were twenty cause the aperture to slowly narrow.”
From the standpoint of someone who is younger, I highly identify to this article. Perhaps there is not so much of a dichotomy between generations… While I do have shameful cultural interests (*cough cough* the Kardashians), much of my cultural interests stem from older attractions. I am still so open and influenced by the pop culture around me but sometimes I can be as closed-off as the next person.