Thursday, March 22, 2012

From the frying pan in one part of the world ... to the freezer at the other side!

Mentally getting ready to head out from 95+ degree high to 50+ degree high. .... Hoping to see daffodils and tulips, even though the weather news indicates that it ain't spring yet :(

It is difficult to dismiss such freakish unusual weather systems as unrelated to global climate changes.  Back in Nagercoil, a common remark that I heard from from taxi cab drivers to relatives was that the rainfall patterns have changed and that increasingly they feel the unbearable heat of April even at the end of February and early March.  A friend in Central Europe remarked about the lack of the usual snow this time around.  A Chennaite quoted her sister who feels that they practically had no snow this time around in New Jersey.

Oh well, perhaps some day soon the climate change skeptics will begin to see the world for what it is.  And, at the same time, we will also invest wisely to prepare for a future that, if the trends continue, will be very different from what we experience now or experienced a couple of decades ago.

Ultimately, it all depends on our fellow-humans.  As Einstein noted,
How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people -- first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.

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