Events Don’t Know And Don’t Care

It’s time for another chance to rant.

In the wake of major disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes, and so forth, some guardians of the public’s morality will claim that the cause of the disasters is that the nation “condones” gay people, or Democrats, or women’s libbers, or someone the editorialist dislikes.

It seems like it’s usually us gay folks who get the blame for terrible things that Mother Nature dishes out. For instance, maybe you remember when “Defend & Proclaim the Faith” issued a statement following Hurricane Isaac in 2012. Pastor John McTernan said, “The church, city, and nation have not repented, and the homosexual agenda is far worse than it was in 2005.”

I don’t know why my agenda seems worse to Reverend McTernan. Sometimes it seemed like I did have too many errands that packed my agenda in 2012. There seemed to be a lot more laundry to wash each week. I hadn’t gotten a handle on answering personal correspondence that year.

Just because I happened to be falling behind on my agenda didn’t justify sending a hurricane to Louisiana that year. Nor does anybody’s gay agenda justify last year’s Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. Blaming folks like me for horrible weather and destruction is unkind to the victims. It also assigns a lot of power to the LGBT community.

If someone really wants to know the causes of severe weather, all one needs to do is check out a few meteorology websites or watch some videos by NOAA.

We probably shouldn’t be too hard on people who believe the pastors who blame us for hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, earthquakes, and other scary things. We humans tend to personalize extraordinarily bad and good things. When some people lose their home to a severe storm, they might say that Karma, the Universe, or God meant for it to happen in order to teach them some sort of  a lesson.

On the other hand, if a tornado ravages a town, the occupant of the lone surviving house thanks Providence for sparing them the trouble of needing to rebuild. Doesn’t it seem insulting to Providence that other good, worthy people were not spared?

The point is, events simply do not care nor are they capable of caring about what happens to whom. Hurricane Harvey couldn’t have cared at all about gay agendas nor anybody else’s agendas either. Atmospheric and oceanic conditions happened to be ideal in order to form and grow the hurricanes that occurred in the Atlantic and the Caribbean areas last year. None of those swirling masses of wind had brains nor experienced emotions of any sort.

Folks who harbor certain opinions or objectives are alert to situations or omens that validate or justify their inexpert, uninformed views and those people who agree.

Even on the personal level, when something unfortunate happens, it is easy to blame a scapegoat, fate, or God for inflicting punishment. It’s very easy to go along with our fears and imaginings instead of pausing to analyze the real cause and effect of an unpleasant event.

If there is a personal lesson to be learned from serious, non-blameworthy incidents, it is this: What can we do to most effectively help remedy the situation? If the misfortune happens to us, we might search for the hidden opportunity to improve the chances of preventing another instance of the misfortune. Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned that will help us live more effectively in the long run.

Is it really necessary to interpret events by anthropomorphizing them or attributing the cause to out-group scapegoats? Such tactics only worsen the scenario and polarize people. Scapegoating only makes the blamer appear very foolish to reasonable people.

Instead of thinking that events happen because of who we are, what we “condone”, or what we believe, it is better to be proactive and plan ahead for the future. Instead of scapegoating after the fact, it’s better to own insurance policies and have spare funds set aside in a bank account. Society has many ways to help if and when bad things happen.

Just know that the next time there’s a hurricane, or other natural disaster, that someone is going to blame it on the gays. If we had the power to cause or avert such things, we would be a very rich and powerful group of people. Such is not the case. When the accusations fly, we will be doing a lot of face-palms.

Thanks for reading my rant.

The Blue Jay of Happiness notes that a scapegoat is a third party who the first party will have the second party believe is the reason the second party should think the way the first party desires.

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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2 Responses to Events Don’t Know And Don’t Care

  1. Doug says:

    I always scratch my head regarding natural disasters being our fault. Let’s do this. Demand that the government build us fancy homes and fancy cars and give us 200,000 a year to live on. If they don’t, we will release our wrath on the country. I know one district on the east coast that I’d love to clean up with a few good tornado’s. !!!!!!!!!

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