The beauty in a flawed world is that some humans will strive to perfect it.
Some, being a key word here.
If we pretended the seas were always calm, we wouldn’t have built strong enough boats.
If we choose to believe there is no danger out there in the dark nights at sea, lighthouses wouldn’t line our coastlines.
Going a little off topic, I decided to look up the origin of lighthouses. I often go in various directions whilst I post to my blog, I find it is a great way to learn. I just don’t often post on my random wanderings!
The Lighthouse of Alexandria was one of the tallest man made structures for centuries after it was built between 280 and 247 BC, with an estimated height of between 120 and 137 m (394 and 449 ft). It is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It then became a ruin after a series of earthquakes damaged the structure.
Can you imagine sailing towards land and seeing a structure on a scale never seen before helping you to shore? I can only imagine what that would have been like. Before lighthouses, mariners were guided by fires on hilltops. This then led to the creation of lighthouses.
Again, thanks Wikipedia.
To state the world is perfect is to disregard the millions that spend their days each year evading natural disaster and threats. I was reading a post by a lovely follower of mine, atheistsmeow, posting of her current situation escaping a wildfire in Canada. It is an interesting read, and makes me think twice about complaining about living in a country that rains as much in summer as it does in winter (I was guilt of this as recently as my last post).
If we were to suggest these events were not occuring, where would we find the inspiration to learn about them and more importantly, learn how to prevent them? If we were to suggest everything is always good, where would we find the time to see the goodness in the emergency services working hard to save people?
I do not like the fact that the world isn’t perfect, I just like to admit that it isn’t because it is the quickest way to improve.
The difficulty in improving is to say that we don’t need to. If you believe this, that is fine. Just please make sure your towns tornado siren receives maintenance regularly, for the sake of everyone else.