Being an earth religionist, I had planned to blog about natural disasters earlier this year. And then this major storm was given the name of one of my characters, so I took that as a sign it was time to blog.
During and after devastating natural disasters, people shake their fists in anguish and curse the forces of nature, and that's completely understandable.
What I have issue with is when they call a natural disaster "evil."
Natural disasters are neither good nor evil. They just are. Harvey and Katrina didn't consciously plot, "I'm going to destroy as many human lives as I can."
You can lay out in the sun without sunscreen and develop melanoma or you can use that solar energy to heat your home with special panels. It's not the sun's fault what we do with its rays. The sun just "is."
Seems to me this all has a lot to do with our perspectives. For example, my husband will look out at our lush green lawn and lament, "I'm going to have to mow again!" To which I reply, "Would you rather it was all brown and dead?" Suppose he changed his perspective and thought, "We have such a healthy lawn!"
I am NOT suggesting that victims of natural disasters just shrug and go, "well, that's nature. time to clean up." The myriad of emotions they go through must be overwhelming. They have every right to call such events "evil," because that is their perspective,
Recently on Facebook someone posted a photo of a tornado, I believe it was. Often when photos of powerful weather events are shown, I comment, "She just likes to remind us from time to time who's really in charge." A Christian 'friend' posted, "Not to be rude, but I think you meant HE." I sent him a smiley face and said, "Nope. I mean SHE, as in Mother Nature." He promptly unfriended me! LOL
Nature, the Tao, the Divine, whatever you want to call it, is genderless. I resonate more strongly with the Divine Feminine, so I prefer to use feminine pronouns for Nature. However I do not exclude Divine Male aspect either.
But that's all for another time. I wish everyone good health and safety, and may the DIvine, however you see It, blesses you!