Surfers Must Wrestle w/ Evil As Global Climate Change Destroys World | Says NY Times
The New York Times Surfing Magazine came through again, saying surfers must wrestle with evil as global climate change threatens lives around the world. As surfers we often applaud the formation of hurricanes, large storms, fire producing off-shore wind events all because it gives they give us good surf conditions. Often only feeling bad about it in the aftermath when we realize how many people lost property or even their lives. Sad. Check out the NY Times thoughts on it.
“Surfers, like theologians, must wrestle with the problem of evil. For the theologian, the question is how to reconcile the malevolence and suffering of the world with the existence of an all-good, all-powerful god. For the surfer, the problem is slightly less profound: How do you justify the enjoyment of perfect waves when they are generated by destructive storms hundreds of miles away? In September, Hurricanes Irma and Maria posed this question with some vividness, producing the best run of swell seen in years along the East Coast while unleashing chaos and devastation down in the Caribbean. Surfers, to judge from the throngs who gleefully paddled out from Florida to New England, make for unreflective scholars of the divine.”
First came the fires. Now come the floods. Heavy rains lashed the hillsides of Santa Barbara County today. At least 13 people — and possibly more, the authorities warned — were killed as a vast area northwest of Los Angeles, recently scorched in the state’s largest wildfire on record, became the scene of another disaster, as a driving rainstorm, the heaviest in nearly a year, triggered floods and mudslides. The wreckage of the downpour, coming so soon after the wildfires, was not a coincidence but a direct result of the charred lands, left vulnerable to quickly forming mudslides. For residents and emergency workers, still weighing the devastation of the fires, it was a day of grim rituals resumed: road closings, evacuations, downed power lines, heroic rescues and a search for the dead. @acullenphoto captured this scene in a front yard in Montecito, California, near Highway 101, a crucial artery along the coast south from Santa Barbara. Visit the link in our profile for updates.