Mar 302011

Today I was struck by just how inter-connected we all are. Events on the other side of the world have an almost immediate effect upon us, whether we realize it or not. Sure, globalization and the Internet have brought any part of the world within reach. But besides these logical/intellectual connections we also experience real, physical effects.

Due to the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, radioactive materials are being released into the environment. Today, it was announced that trace amounts of radioactive iodine have been detected in rainwater in Massachusetts. Now, I’m not in the least concerned about the environmental and health aspects. Very similar effects were observed in the milk of cows in Tennessee when Chernobyl melted down. The dangerous nature of nuclear power is greatly over-hyped. Educate yourself.

However, I am fascinated by the fact that individual atoms and molecules circle the globe in a matter of days or weeks. Astronomers will tell you that we are all made of stars. A bit of the same happens here on Earth – a breath you exhale today will be inhaled by a person half the world away just days from now.

All that aside, I wish the best to everyone affected by these events. My feelings go out to you – I hope you received your phone call.

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