Claim: Staying Positive After A Weather Disaster Impedes Climate Action

Typhoon Haiyan Aftermath. By Lawrence RuizOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to Australian National University lecturer Maria Tanyag, people who try to stay positive and encourage each other after a town is flattened by a typhoon are ignoring the lessons they should have learned about climate change.

Myths about disaster survivors stall the global response to climate change

August 18, 2019 10.42pm AEST

Yvonne Su
Maria Tanyag

Disasters, as forms of crisis, can offer opportunities to more sharply focus on historical and ongoing inequalities. What lessons can we learn from large-scale disaster responses and how can we apply them in the face of intensifying and more frequent extreme weather events? 

Drawing on our research in the aftermath of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan disaster in Eastern Visayas, Philippines, we found that few meaningful lessons were drawn from Haiyan because the recovery of survivors had been romanticized and distorted. While resilience and stories of the communities “building back better” has become the legacy of Haiyan, those on the ground says it’s actually more like “building back bitter.”

We found that after almost six years, there are now worrying signs in the telling and re-telling of the disaster, and the recovery that occurred afterwards, especially for the hardest-hit communities.

Based on our research, we argue that long-term global climate change response is at risk when accounts of resilience, resourcefulness and remittance are mythologized and eventually cemented as truths in the aftermath of disasters.

The Haiyan disaster is a cautionary case for climate adaptation and mitigation because it demonstrates the seductiveness of survival myths. 

These idealized narratives ultimately do more harm than good because they prevent the identification of specific conditions that make households and communities particularly vulnerable to disasters, as well as the tremendous gendered inequalities that are often exacerbated in their aftermath.

Read more: https://theconversation.com/myths-about-disaster-survivors-stall-the-global-response-to-climate-change-121548

How unsurprising; climate alarmists complaining that people should be wallowing in misery and demanding climate action, instead of trying to put their lives back together after a weather disaster.

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93 thoughts on “Claim: Staying Positive After A Weather Disaster Impedes Climate Action

  1. More pseudoscience manipulation of the truth.

    Haven’t these people heard of evolution, species resilience, species adaptability. Life on this planet is not as fragile as some folks like to think. Sure, a single B.E. on its own may have trouble surviving but very few B.E.’s live in keep isolation.

    I suppose there also never been hurricanes or typhoons that all life on the planet has lived through, so these people haven’t heard of history either.

    • Mother Earth would just as soon see you dead. list To that list I would add polar bears.

      The history of mankind is one of trying to find ways of not being killed by Mother Nature. Apparently, the greenies don’t think that’s a good idea.

      Character traits like resilience and resourcefulness are what allow us to cope with what Mother Nature throws at us. Also apparently, the greenie showflakes lack those.

      • commieBob Your comment is awaiting moderation.
        August 19, 2019 at 12:19 am

        Once again, I’m baffled.

        • It’s likely because your comment contained a word that automatically flagged it for moderation.

          Most likely:
          > “not being k****d by Mother Nature.

          Your comment was pretty much inadvertently picked up by the system even though it wouldn’t actually need to be moderated.

          • When it comes to the Secret Word No-No List, it seems you can’t use the ‘A’ word or the ‘B’ word or the ‘C’ word or the ‘D’ word or the ‘E’ word or the ‘F’ word or the ‘G’ word or the ‘H’ word or the ‘I’ word or the ‘J’ word or the ‘K’ word or the ‘L’ word or the ‘M’ word or the ‘N’ word or the ‘O’ word or the ‘P’ word or the ‘Q’ word or the ‘R’ word or the ‘S’ word or the ‘T’ word or the ‘U’ word or the ‘V’ word or the ‘W’ word or the ‘X’ word or the ‘Y’ word or the ‘Z’ word.

            What’s the wonder is that any of our comments get past the Secret Word No-No List filter at all.
            ;o)

      • resilience and resourcefullnes arre being porposely knocked out of kids by the UNeducation crowds
        and every fall bump or bruise or percieved insult or slight is reason to curl up n cry or claim ptsd
        cant raise your voice to a kid or they claim enending trauma
        Im so sick of the whole damn lot of the oh so oozy supportive social workler syndrome weve developed.
        we have 3rd n 4th gen aboriginals still crying over early settler “atrocities”
        ok it happened…to the great grandparents NOT them.
        but no its worth money and media and airtime to keep the crap going
        ABC aus is so full of it for the last few months ,between that and the warmist crap I hope they get pulled off the air soon

        • If you look back along your family tree, you will find ancestors who were the victim of some kind of atrocity. I have ancestors who were driven out of Germany, Scotland, and the United States (they were Royalists). I suppose that makes me a victim. Boo Hoo.

          • 15/16 of my great grandparents are from Ireland. I suppose that I could sit around all day whining about the British keeping their boot on the necks of my ancestors since the Flight of the Earls, but I have better things to do. Besides, for whatever reason, I’m rather fond of the Brits. Go figure.

          • D.J. Hawkins, talking about boomerangs – if the British intended to genocide the Irish they accomplished the opposite. British policies amplified the Irish genome 1000 times. You are living proof.

          • Every single one of us can claim such maltreatment, since Adam and Eve were driven from the Garden of Eden.

            It’s not a total loss, however. We at least know what kind of car God had at the time, a Plymouth. We know that because the Bible clearly states that God drove Adam and Eve from the Garden in His Fury.

          • “I have ancestors who were driven out of Germany, Scotland, and the United States (they were Royalists).”

            And how about us Anglos, under the Norman yoke for 500 years?

      • @CB

        Here’s my chance for getting moderated 😉

        I am reminded of a quote from the movie “World War Z” what the infectious disease scientist said, “Mother Nature is a Serial Killer.”

        While I both agree and disagree with the murderous personality trait of mother nature (I am a human being and dammit I reserve the right to be both conflicted and contrarian simultaneously) we are still here.

      • “Character traits like resilience and resourcefulness are what allow us to cope with what Mother Nature throws at us.”
        ———

        “This I know: Mother Nature is a maniac.”
        —Epigraph of You Sane Men

    • “According to Australian National University lecturer Maria Tanyag, people who try to stay positive and encourage each other after a town is flattened by a typhoon are ignoring the lessons they should have learned about climate change.”

      God damn that is a really stupid statement by Maria. When people are cleaning up after a disaster, they need to stay positive, just to keep going. The last thing they need is some imbecile moaning about climate change.

      Is the modern welfare state is making the average person a lot stupider? In early days, these idiots would not have lived long enough to reproduce.

      The great American philosopher George Carlin explained it thus:
      “Think of how stupid the average person is; and then realize half of them are stupider than that!”

      • “Is the modern welfare state is making the average person a lot stupider?”

        Looking at that sentence, apparently.

      • That’s why I like pointing out “Wizards 1st Rule” — so I can remind myself not to be stupid (or less stupid then my natural laziness baseline level would otherwise make me) or easily manipulated.

        People like this “study’s” authors are selling Snake Oil that can (cannot) cure anything.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizard%27s_First_Rule

        I am on some levels I am comforted by the realization that once the people get exactly what they have been championing for so long to have; nature will reward them 1st. Poetic Justice or irony.

        • JEHILL – Thanks for the reference to the ‘Wizards 1st Rule’. While the rule is usually summed up with the simple statement “People are stupid!”, it is introduced in the story with a very specific example of how people are stupid:

          “People need an enemy to feel a sense of purpose. It’s easy to lead people when they have a sense of purpose. Sense of purpose is more important by far than the truth. In fact, truth has no bearing in this.”

          Author Terry Goodkind is a very astute observer of humanity.

        • “I am comforted by the realization that once the people get exactly what they have been championing for so long to have; nature will reward them 1st.”

          “Nature abhors a moron.”
          —H.L. Mencken

    • “as well as the tremendous gendered inequalities that are often exacerbated in their aftermath.”

      They has to bring in gender inequalities. Why? The men do most of the rebuilding while women rebuild the parts that make it a home? Baffled.

    • Nancy Negatives and Debby Downers prevent recovery after such events. Staying Positive is the only way to recover from them

  2. Part of authoritarian control program to make people feel helpless and then can be easily led like sheep to their slaughter.

      • Or in acting like the Medieval Catholic Church, and urging the purchase of “indulgences”? Carbon Credits, anyone?

        • Purchasing indulgences implies voluntary actions by individuals that appeal to virtue signaling.
          The Left is basically dispensing with such “niceties” and going to straight to using the police powers of the state to impose taxation. Taxation both directly via carbon taxes and indirectly with crony capitalism using renewable subsidy giveaways of tax payer monies for billionaires to build more giant 3-bladed idols to harvest those tax credits.

    • Helpless leads to victimhood leads to justification of actions. If you can inflict people with a sense of victimhood, you can easily lead them, not to slaughter, but to slaughtering! The recruiting programs for the extreme left and the extreme right are essentially run on victimhood rhetoric. Someone who believes they are victims of a great injustice often feels free to commit great injustice on others, especially if they are supported in this belief by an authority figure.

    • Yeah that is all I got reading the original article. I did however note that it was supposedly from a “feminist perspective” but all I got was “b@tshit crazy perspective”.

      • ” it was supposedly from a “feminist perspective” but all I got was “b@tshit crazy perspective”

        A distinction without a difference.

  3. Just what we need in an emergency. Some idiot running around like a chook with its head cut off.

  4. “intensifying and more frequent extreme weather events”. A complete lie. Where do these numpties get their “facts”?

    • ““intensifying and more frequent extreme weather events”. A complete lie. Where do these numpties get their “facts”?”

      Michael Mann has provided four justifications for them, mostly IIRC, about various record-breaking one-offs.

  5. Apparently … University “lecturers” are paid by the buzzword. So every lecture must include a few “gender inequalities” … “vulnerable communities” … “extreme” weather … climate “disaster”. To my ear it sounds like a college sophomores C- term paper.

    • You got it. At my university, ‘merit awards’ were heavily weighted on evaluations by students. One of the ways to improve evaluations was to give an easy midterm, but it only worked more than once if they knew that the final would also be easy. I was assigned to co-teach for a while with a new hire who hit all the right buttons by endorsing commonly held prejudices. This was much more ‘popular’ than any attempt to take the data apart on an issue. Got out of it as fast as I could and left her with the course.

  6. Translation: “People who won’t let the elite steal everything White people own, while showering a portion of it to my more easily ruled people are racists. Mentioning our civilizational incompetence is racist as well. Just ask the (((New York Times))).”

  7. I am afraid the problem for all hysterics is that Nature IS actually very brutal.

    1. Many species of tree only actually germinate new seeds after experiencing the heat created by forest fires: their long term survival is actually designed around wildfires. Cannot blame humans for that!
    2. One of greatest ways of replenishing fertility on the earths surface is pyroclastic lava flows. You know: volcanoes as primers of the next Gardens of Eden! Nothing disastrous to nature in a volcanic eruption – just a short term sacrifice for long term gain. Volcanoes predate humans by billions of years.
    3. Another great fertility replenishment mechanism is the flooding of silty rivers onto the plains. All those minerals, all that soil just deposited on the lands surface. No good if the floodplains are covered in buildings but absolutely great if they are prime lands for growing plants. So nature sees floods as a Great Redeemer, not a disaster to induce hysterics.
    4. Another great balancing act is a seriously hard winter: many pests of forest trees are kept in check by winter cold, so nature sees a hard winter as good for forest health. Many trees also have hardwired into their DNA a requirement for a few months of cold temperatures, so Nature thinks hard winters are good from time to time. No hysterics from Nature there….
    5. What about wind? Well one of Natures tricks is to deposit snow in mountain corries the lee side of prevailing winds. Uneven snow deposits are good to create deep snow packs which continue melting well into late spring, even early summer. Little sunshine means slower melts, less likelihood of flash floods. So wind is all good as far as Nature is concerned….

    But of course, we human interlopers know better than Nature. We know exactly what all the consequences are of tinkering with one strand of Nature’s complex web of self-regulation. And we know how Nature ought to be too….

    • “1. Many species of tree only actually germinate new seeds after experiencing the heat created by forest fires: their long term survival is actually designed around wildfires. Cannot blame humans for that!”

      That’s one of the main reasons Washington State is called The Evergreen State. Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who thinks he’s running for president, says climate change is causing more and worse wildfires. he’s blissfully and willfully ignorant of the history of the state he “governs”.

  8. Please tell me this is a wind up.
    A college lecturer advising people to just wallow in self pity and act helpless, is considered a good response to a natural disaster?
    I thought we had closed down lunatic asylums preferring to see sufferers cared for in the community. Maybe we misunderstood the project for mental health improvement. Maybe, the asylums simply wanted to change the public understanding of what an asylum is? Now, they charge unaware inmates money to be there, and even allow those with major psychotic issues to lecture to the indebted victims who are already suffering from their own uncertainties. How else can you explain this stuff??

    • Not a wind up. The response to virtually everything is to want people to wallow in self-pity. It’s part of the “progressives” agenda. Depressed, hopeless people are turned into slaves so much more easily than happy, hopeful ones. It’s part of why the current president is hated—he actually was waaaaaaayyyy to upbeat and happy. These people don’t need an asylum—they need jails. They are as evil as Kim in NK. There’s nothing insane about what they are doing at all—they are power-hungary, violent, evil elitist who want world domination. Seems perfectly clear…..

    • No the paper was from a “feminist perspective”, so all feminist should just wallow in self pity. The reason for this is and I quote “render invisible the feminisation of care burdens, and contribute to gender gaps in ensuring accountability for post-disaster governance”.

      So all altogether … “MIND THE GAP”.

  9. “How unsurprising; climate alarmists complaining that people should be wallowing in misery and demanding climate action, instead of trying to put their lives back together after a weather disaster.”

    Can you point out where you statement is derived from in the posting. Are you sure you’re not putting your own thoughts into a reasonable quote?

  10. 2 + 2 = 4
    2 Outer space is hot, at earth’s orbital distance 394 K, 121 C, 250 F.
    +
    2 Per UCLA Diviner mission the moon is blistering hot on the lit side, bitter cold on the dark because it does not have an atmosphere like the one that cools and moderates the earth’s temperatures.
    =
    4 Without an atmosphere and reflective albedo the earth would be much like the moon, a barren, dry rock, blistering hot on the lit side, bitter cold on the dark.

    RGHE theory postulates the exact opposite, that the atmosphere warms the earth which becomes a frozen ice ball without that atmosphere.

    Confronted with solid physical evidence to the contrary, RGHE theory implodes.

    • You probably need to go and read the theory again, it says nothing you have written and you lost anyone with half a brain when you claimed “Outer Space is Hot”.

      • LdB

        Well, since you didn’t bother ‘splaining how/why I’m wrong I gather you don’t understand it either.

        https://sos.noaa.gov/Education/script_docs/SCRIPTWhat-makes-Earth-habitable.pdf
        Slide 14

        Space – the Hotter Frontier

        One of the heated issues underlying greenhouse theory is whether space is hot or cold.
        Greenhouse theory says that without an atmosphere the earth would be exposed to a near zero outer space and become a frozen ice ball at -430 F, 17 K.

        Geoengineering techniques that increase the albedo, the ISS’s ammonia refrigerant air conditioners, an air conditioner in the manned maneuvering unit, space suits including thermal underwear with chilled water tubing, UCLA Diviner lunar data and Kramm’s models (Univ of AK) all provide substantial evidence that outer space is relatively hot.

        But outer space is neither hot nor cold.

        By definition and application temperature is a relative measurement of the molecular kinetic energy in a substance, i.e. solid, liquid, gas. No molecules (vacuum), no temperature. No kinetic energy (absolute zero), no temperature. In the void & vacuum of outer space the terms temperature, hot, cold are meaningless, like dividing by zero, undefined. Same reason there is no sound in space – no molecules.

        However, any substance capable of molecular kinetic energy (ISS, space walker, satellite, moon, earth) placed in the path of the spherical expanding solar photon gas at the earth’s average orbital distance will be heated per the S-B equation to an equilibrium temperature of: 1,368 W/m^2 = 394 K, 121 C, 250 F.

        Like a blanket held up between a camper and campfire the atmosphere reduces the amount of solar energy heating the terrestrial system and cools the earth compared to no atmosphere.

        This intuitively obvious as well as calculated and measured scientific reality refutes the greenhouse theory.

        Zero greenhouse effect, Zero CO2 global warming and Zero man caused climate change.

        • Nice classical physics junk for layman and children.

          Lets take a leap of faith and say you want to go beyond kiddy physics.

          The temperature of space in real science is has a bottom minimum value defined by the temperature of Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation. It exists in every volume of space whether there are classical particles there or not. We even have maps of the entire visible universe
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_microwave_background

          So you claiming you don’t know if space is hot or cold is a typical layman problem and nothing to do with any real physics.

        • A curious question Nick.
          What about when Exposure Time is factored in?
          The moon is Tidally Locked to face the Earth so any given point gathers solar radiation for 348 hours then expels it on the unlit side for another 348 hours. The Earth rotates once every 24 hours so any portion would only receive solar irradiation for 12 hours average before giving it up on the unlit side over the next 12 hours.
          Though, without an atmosphere, there would be no pressure protecting the volatiles (H2O) from being gradually blown away on the daylight side.

          I believe that what Greenhouse Theory states is that Earth would become a Snowball Earth in the absence of Greenhouse Gasses within the atmosphere.
          Remove the CO2 and we Freeze

          • Bryan A,
            “Remove the CO2 and we Freeze”

            Remove the CO2 and we all starve.
            Water Vapor will keep our bodies from freezing.

  11. “Myth 1: Resilience is innate”
    Homo Sapiens moved out of Africa sometime in the last 300K years and settled the planet from the freezing Arctic to the hot and steamy tropics and the arid deserts. And innate resilience is myth?

    So called scientists constantly underestimated human resilience, adaptability and creativity, but now we mustn’t talk about those strengths because it undermines their prediction of a coming Armageddon. Grrrrhhh…..

  12. Climate Change. We need to make a mountain out of the molehill.
    You would need to be a pit viper to be able to detect the annual changes in global temperature that they are talking about.

  13. In the U.K. we closed down the “lunatic asylums” but it’s OK as we gave all the inmates jobs in the BBC and climatology departments of our universities. Perhaps could have gone better…

  14. Progressive homily for the day:

    “Don’t show courage. Don’t show resilience and never, ever even hint at independence. Don’t show resourcefulness. Don’t forgive. Don’t build or rebuild. Don’t be intelligent. Never be honest. Don’t look on the bright side. Never have a sense of humour. Don’t be positive. Never move on.

    All these are oppressive right wing traditions.

    Instead, be a drama queen. Be helpless. Do nothing for yourself at your own initiative. Be stupid and incapable of anything constructive. Feel abundantly sorry for yourself at all times and on every occasion. Say “help help I’m being repressed” at every opportunity. Speak in a drawling nasal whine. Be as negative as possible always. Be stupid and dishonest. See beauty in nothing, see death and disaster in everything. Be the universal hero-victim.

    These are all progressive left wing attributes that will save the world.”

    • ++++++ gazillions perfect summation!
      and anything looking like creaticity or resourcefulness is likely to be banned as illegal anyway.
      sure is in Aus

  15. Misery Loves Company!
    From my own observations and experience it seems to me that many leftist tools are angry, pessimistic, and generally miserable people and a pretty common trait among those that are is that they try to make everyone else angry, pessimistic, and miserable. For all their various expressions and supposed acts they claim are due to their concern for people or the planet or it’s fauna or flora , is really in the end all about them and exerting their will over all.

  16. “Disasters, as forms of crisis, can offer opportunities…”

    “Never let a crisis go to waste.”

  17. For those who missed, it, watch this 1984 interview with ex-KGB officer and Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov, who described their long-term program to ideologically undermine the western democracies.
    Jump to 1:07:30 for Bezmenov’s discussion of “ideological subversion”.

    It is all about manipulating the “useful idiots” – the deluded socialists within the western democracies.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3qkf3bajd4&feature=youtu.be

    Reference:
    THE COST TO SOCIETY OF RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALISM
    By Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., Jul 04, 2019
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/07/04/the-cost-to-society-of-radical-environmentalism/

  18. ‘Disasters, as forms of crisis, can offer opportunities to more sharply focus on historical and ongoing inequalities.’

    I can translate: Disasters can be exploited to further our agenda. The more typhoons the better!

    Six years later, and they are still milking Haiyan.

  19. Like all climate numpties, they mistake truth for myths and myths for truth, and they confuse weather with climate. The icing on the cake is the SJW agenda, which is such an important part of the “climate change” myth now because it plays on people’s emotions. They prattle on about “myths”, all the while pushing the biggest myth of all – that of “manmade climate change” and its important subset, “extreme weather”.

  20. Misery Loves Company! Over the years I have come to the conclusion that the majority of leftist tools are angry, pessimistic, miserable people and they want to make everyone else miserable.

  21. The Haiyan disaster is a cautionary case for climate adaptation and mitigation because it demonstrates the seductiveness of survival myths.

    What?!? The survivors didn’t really survive? Their survival is all a myth? Someone needs to go set those survivors straight.

  22. From the article: “Disasters, as forms of crisis, can offer opportunities to more sharply focus on historical and ongoing inequalities. What lessons can we learn from large-scale disaster responses and how can we apply them in the face of intensifying and more frequent extreme weather events?”

    So many assumptions and so little time.

    I think these authors would prefer that victims of a hurricane get out and demonstrate against CAGW rather than rebuild their lives. The authors seem to think the victims have their priorities backwards.

  23. Speaking of disasters, we should have a moment of silence for the passing of Okjokull, Iceland’s first glacier lost to “climate change”. Amidst their grief is tremendous angst over the likely (they think) loss of all 400 of their dear glaciers in future years. These are like pets to them, which why they all have names no one can pronounce.

    • I saw a news item on tv this morning showing about 100 people going to the now-melted glacier to mourn. It was so sad.

      It’s sad that people can get so worked up over nothing.

  24. It does make you wonder what an automated algorithm of climate stupid hooked to a working quantum computer would look like. Or maybe it’s already here with a throttle on it to only spew out a few per day.

  25. One of the most extraordinary demonstrations of survival was during the 900 day siege of Leningrad during the 2nd World War. These heroics were celebrated for a short while as Stalin was deeply suspicious of the distinctive ethos that three years of relative autonomy from Moscow had fostered in Leningrad. The leaders of Leningrad’s survival were shot and 2,000 people were imprisoned or exiled. A museum about the siege was closed, to be reopened 40 years later. For many years Leningrad’s tragic and heroic wartime history would be barely acknowledged, and important aspects of what happened remain unknown to this day.
    (some words from https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/leningrad_betrayal_01.shtml)

  26. Listened to an ad here in Vancouver today stating how the last few years of forest fires were climate change. No shame, no mention of the fact that the pine beetle killed millions of trees, now dry and lying on the forest floor and only an imbecile can’t see that would be/ is the cause of some large forest fires. Just completely baffled at how stupid people must think I am- the weather is not the least bit out of historical norms yet I must set my hair on fire (pun intended) due to something perfectly predictable and normal in nature.

  27. “These idealized narratives ultimately do more harm than good because they prevent the identification of specific conditions that make households and communities particularly vulnerable to disasters, as well as the tremendous gendered inequalities that are often exacerbated in their aftermath.”
    So many words saying absolutely nothing of any value. So what gendered inequalities were exacerbated by the 2011 Japan earthquake and Tsunami? And if a big asteroid were to strike the earth I assume it will kill and injure more women or ethnic minorities (an oxymoron) because of tremendous gender inequalities.

    • “And if a big asteroid were to strike the earth I assume it will kill and injure more women or ethnic minorities (an oxymoron) because of tremendous gender inequalities.”

      NY Times headline: “World ends Friday: Women and minorities most at risk.”

  28. Wallowing in self pity and anguish is strictly a human thing. You dont see other forms of life rolling around on the ground in an emotional fit. Is that because we are an intelligent sophisticated cultured society. And have become brittle?

  29. This presumes, like the /marxist/socialist/nanny-state does, that people are children/sheep. A normal, balanced, reasonably educated person can keep a necessary, positive attitude to recover from misfortune/disaster and still keep in mind the hard lessons learned from such and the necessity to act on those lessons. This is why the marxists/socialists continue to destroy/usurp the education system.

  30. “. . . people who try to stay positive and encourage each other after a town is flattened by a typhoon are ignoring the lessons they should have learned about climate change . . .” Best laugh I’ve had all day.

    So let’s can ‘stay positive’ after an earthquake, tsunami or volcano.
    But it’s morally wrong to ‘stay positive’ after a typhoon, flood, or wildfire.

    There’s a world of difference between the two, of course.

  31. The people in, for example, Indonesia or Papua / New Guinea did not live on the beach but on the hills and just came to the beach to go out on boats harvesting sea food.

    Today they immediately return to the beach to settle there for they trust on global support: they also don’t pay for a home insurance.

    the same also on the hills: where pagodas have stood for centuries you can be sure to live for another centuries.

    After a tsunami, we get videos by YouTube showing entire cities in these areas disappearing from ground zero within minutes due to “soil liquefaction”.

    and with the towns, the newly built pagodas disappear within minutes into the liquefied soil. Kismet!

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