In the wake of recent disasters–Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, floods in South Asia, wildfires in California, I started watching The Vietnam War, Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s gut-wrenching ten-part documentary series. It’s excellent and worth your time.
I suppose I’m feeling disheartened of late. For as many natural disasters that have hit us, there are many more man-made ones. You only have to read the daily news to learn of the cruelty human beings inflict upon one another.
Perhaps I fear history repeating itself, or maybe it’s because I’m traveling to Bali shortly, where Mt. Agung, an active volcano is threatening to erupt. Over 140,000 people have been evacuated. The eruption has been ‘imminent’ for the past three weeks. As at this writing, it still has not erupted.
I don’t live my life in fear, so after evaluating the risks, I’ll be leaving tomorrow as planned. I will be staying outside the 12KM exclusion zone around the volcano, so I should be fine.
This song played on episode 3 of The Vietnam War. The images are heartbreaking, the lyrics sobering. I’m moving forward, even though it seems as if the world is teetering on an eve of destruction everyday.
I’ll be blogging from Bali over the next weeks.