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  •  PIERONEK: NATURE TEACHES HUMILITY
Disasters occur more often than we expect them to. One of them is flood that comes suddenly, just like death and just as unexpectedly, even though everyone knows it will come sooner or later. Obviously, meteorological stations provide us with advance warning, but they, sadly, cannot guarantee that their weather forecasts will be fully accurate. It is in accord with forecasts of Polish highlanders who usually predict the weather similarly to Pythia, the Greek goddess and fortune-teller of Delphi. They state that this year’s spring or summer, the weather tomorrow and the day after will be good, unless it happens to be otherwise.

Unfortunately, that is quite often the case. As such, it makes people more sensitive to the need to secure themselves against those acts of nature that are beyond known and accepted schemas. It can be a warm spring with sun and rain which allows the world of plants and trees to wake up from their winter dream. It can be summer that is decidedly warm, sunny and full of aromatic herbs and flowers. It can be fall with gossamer, rich with fruit of the soil, decorated with leaves of all the colors of the rainbow, weaved by gusts into beautiful and colorful carpets. And it can be a winter that is quite mild, sometimes chilly, with fluffy snow that covers everything, maybe apart from roads because people need to use them during winter.
Flood is not an everyday phenomenon and no one awaits it with joy as it poses danger to all. Everyone is afraid of it, especially people living in the lowest-situated territories, farmers and public administration that has to estimate the losses caused by flooding and allocate high enough, often unplanned sums of money to compensate those harmed by the flood and to repair damages caused by it. Flood is far from nature’s only sign that it has something to say in the physical order of the world; it also impacts the spiritual sphere of human life. We frequently make use of nature’s blessings thanks to which all kinds of life can develop. But nature can also be very dangerous if we are unable to respect its rights and protect ourselves properly against its power, a power that causes various disasters. After all, it can be felt by everyone, even when we watch TV and witness the damage caused by a flood and the human tragedy experienced by victims of the flood that robbed them of everything they had worked for all their lives, that forced them to wander and start everything from scratch. The biggest victims are children and older people who have to rely on others. Even if they receive some help, it will not be enough to compensate for the damages and will not heal the pain, fear and the feeling of insecurity born as a result of the tragedies which they have experienced.
What can man do against the natural powers of nature? It may appear – considering such cataclysms as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, storms, floods, powerful tornados and fires – that man is helpless. But this view is not true. First of all, because man was created to make the earth subservient to him. He has been appointed to tame the elements in order to avoid becoming their slave. Secondly, he has to investigate and observe carefully the laws of nature as it is not something that is random and prone to unpredictable quirks. Last but not least, people have to respect nature’s order and learn to live with it in harmony.
Maybe man should be the master of earth and reign over it according to his capabilities, but no one bestowed upon him he right to change nature. Whenever man desires to trick nature, to utilize it with disregard of its laws – he will lose. Nature will always resist such actions effectively, taking away its blessings. Poisoned air does not provide people with enough oxygen. Poisoned water is not drinkable. Substituting nature’s blessings with scientific means will only cause a backlash of various diseases, indicating that the limits of interference into the laws of nature have been violated.
It appears that there are permanent and impassable limits of nature that guard the fundamental values of creation. People can make decisions by themselves and also by means of their representatives that are at odds with nature. Societies that utilize such laws may even benefit from it in the short-term, but they will incur loses in the long-term because nature will demand its rights.
We cannot be offended at nature and its laws. It is not profitable to deny them as nature was made for man, but only for one who is thoughtful and humble, who knows the limits of his reign, who does not usurp the right to reign over the world according to his whims.

Author: Bp Tadeusz Pieronek / pr-controlled.com ©
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