Can You Predict?

Periodically we are informed through the various sources of media that “some disaster will occur with a specified time”.   Just today I read an article entitled, “The man whose doomsday claim has some nervously eyeing Sept. 23”.   Among his claims: On Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, a constellation — a sign prophesied in the Book of Revelation — will reveal itself in the skies over Jerusalem, signaling the beginning of the end of the world as we know it.  David Meade believes that by the end of October, the world may enter what’s called a seven-year tribulation period, a fairly widespread evangelical belief that for seven years, catastrophic events will befall Earth

…He also claims that a planet called Nibiru, which has been debunked by NASA as a hoax, is headed toward Earth. When it passes Earth later this year, catastrophe in the form of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tidal waves and others will ensue.     (Washington Post – Kristine Phillips)

Interestingly several months ago the media was touting the fact that the US had not had a major hurricane since 2005 – “The U.S. Atlantic coast has experienced a hurricane drought of sorts in recent years. No major hurricane—a Category 3 storm or stronger with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour—has made landfall in the U.S. since 2005.”  However, within weeks, hurricanes Harvey, Jose, Irma, Katia have and are forming in the Atlantic.  Both Harvey and Irma have barometric pressures nearing the lowest recorded.   Both have packed significant wind forces resulting in devastating results. 

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Irma, Jose and Katia, are the three hurricanes churning in the Atlantic basin.

 Hurricane Harvey 2017

Hurricane Harvey 2017

Hurricane Irma — a Category 5 storm — poses the most imminent threat as it bears down on the Caribbean, with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph, before it is expected to take a turn to the north and threaten the U.S., according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)

 

The last time there were 3 hurricanes active at the same time in the Atlantic Basin was: September 16-17, 2010. (NHC)

Daily there are hundreds of earthquakes throughout the world.  Of late, the majority appear to be around the Pacific Rim and the Rocky Mountains.   California, Nevada, Southeastern Idaho, Northwestern Wyoming, Mexico and South America.

The latest report from Mexico’s civil defense agency on the strong earthquake that hit Mexico City says the death toll has risen to 226 from Tuesday's 9/19/17) magnitude 7.1 earthquake that knocked down dozens of buildings in Mexico City and nearby states.

The official Twitter feed of agency head Luis Felipe Puente said early Wednesday that 117 people were confirmed dead in Mexico City, and 55 died in Morelos state, which is just south of the capital. It said 39 are dead in Puebla state, where the quake was centered

 

        LA - San Gabriel Wildfires2017

       LA - San Gabriel Wildfires2017

Wild fires have also taken a significant toll on homes, businesses, water sheds and government agencies providing basic services such as water, sewer, sanitation, and electricity.  Utah recently suffered significant damage to the watershed, forests and personal property with the Brian Head fire.   Los Angeles residents witnessed homes and watersheds being destroyed by fires north and east of that city in the San Gabriel Mountains.

Human Caused Violence

As if natural disasters were not enough, we seem to be very capable of creating our own.  Some are under our control others are caused by others.  I have been unsuccessful in turning on the news without hearing about violent crimes being committed in our cities, communities and neighborhoods.  Gun violence, murders, rapes, human trafficking, drug trafficking and gang violence seem to be a daily occurrence.

 

We witness through explicit photos of school shootings, terroristic acts of violence and the constant threat we are in danger.  Not even the smallest communities appear to be exempt for these actions.

Compounding all the above, we are bombarded with news flashes regarding the North Korean and Iranian nuclear threats. 

What can I do?

None of us can control all the events that will affect our lives.  Scientists and government agencies can forewarn us of potential events, but they cannot predict the outcomes.  How strong a hurricane may be or the path it will take may be anticipated, but nature has its way of doing the unexpected.  We try to predict tornados and where they will go and how much damage they will do, but until it is over, we do not know the outcome.  Wildfires can rage and suddenly change directions to the surprise of the experts.  Diseases may suddenly catch us off guard such as the Zika virus, West Nile virus, and a multitude of other potentially fatal diseases.  Terrorism and gang violence erupt without warning.  As hard as we try and as critical pundits explain how to control school shootings and suicides, we still cannot accurately predict any of these events.

 

It is my opinion that “peace of mind comes with proper preparation.”  We live daily with a multitude of uncertainties.  We cannot accurately predict our future.  However, we can prepare for many uncertain events by preparing physically, emotionally and financially.