No matter where you are in the world, you’d be hard pressed not to be aware of the dire situation on the largest Hawaiian Island aptly named, “The Big Island.” As a basic study of geologic history will reveal, the Hawaiian Islands were formed by what is known as a “hot spot,” where magma that forms in the Earth’s mantle rises through a crack in the earth’s crust. As the top layer of the earth, the “plate,” slowly moves over the hot spot, lava erupts through the plate to form what is at first an underwater volcano, eventually rising up to become a land mass above the ocean’s surface, upon which lush, paradise like conditions may form, a process which occurs over many millions of years.
Today, the people of the largest of the Hawaiian Islands are in grave danger as the volcanic activity there is now wildly unpredictable. Much of the entire island could be lost if a major eruption of the Kilauea Volcano occurs. There is also concern that other locations along the “Ring of Fire,” where several tectonic plates meet and seismic and volcanic activity is common, are in danger of seeing major earthquakes or volcanic activity. Many areas within the United States West Coast are in this zone.
Should we take this activity as a “Sign of the End” of the present world? Has God roused up this volcanic activity to teach humans a lesson about his power? There are some preaching that what is happening is showing us to be that much closer to something, depending on what you believe. The Second Coming of Jesus, God’s Great Day of Judgements, Armageddon, etc. Is this really so? Did you know that 70 million years ago there were Hawaiian Islands that no longer exist today, far to the West of the present day islands’ location, proof that tectonic plates are continually moving over the Earth’s crust?
If you have a narrow view of the world, and have been shielded from the evidence–the geologic record that is there for us to review–it would be easy to believe that there is some supreme being “pulling the strings,” causing earthquakes, volcanoes, droughts or whatever else afflicts humankind from time to time, working to instill fear in us so we do whatever is asked by his so called “earthly representatives.” As for me, I prefer to let the record of the Earth’s history stand as a testament that these actions of “natural violence” are nothing more than a byproduct of living in the natural world. The truth, the real truth most religious organizations don’t want you to acknowledge, is there is truly NO ONE TO BLAME for these outcomes. Volcanoes, earthquakes, cancers, disease and death have occurred for billions of years and will likely occur for billions of years more, until our Sun finally burns out (all good things must come to an end).
So don’t live your life like the world is going to end tomorrow. It might, but it likely won’t, not for a very long time. Love your families, use your personal freedom responsibly, and live your life to the fullest! Stop hating or shunning those who don’t share your beliefs. If the earth’s going to be around another billion of years or so, in the grand scheme of things, those actions are worthless, and a waste of the short, precious time we have left to live on the highly volatile rock we call Earth. (Photo Courtesy of the United States Geological Survey)