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I haven't written about the Maui fires.
Why haven’t I written about the Maui fires?
I have read about them from many sources.
My decision: so many people are covering this with caring, compassion, and outrage at the facts apparent from the start and the further facts being uncovered.
Below are a few of the many voices I have listened to.
I am with everyone who has noted, among numerous other outrages, that the police blocked the road out, that the homes of the wealthy were untouched, that the children were sent home that day, perhaps (so someone speculated) so there would be no heirs to claim the land of dead parents.
So much crime to stop. All-out. Flagrant. Blatant.
Two more thoughts.
The first thought. Sometimes when something is just too huge, I numb out about it. It’s not that I disregard what is going on. But sometimes I have the sense that if I felt it, I might fall to the ground, and howl with grief and outrage. Numbing out - it’s anything but denial. It’s very much recognizing, acknowledging, often preparing to act. It feels like there is no space for the feelings - like feeling for the jumpers on 9/11.
There’s another way of seeing this. I very much appreciate Laurence Gonzalez’ 12 Rules for Survival. Those rules include: perceive the situation, don’t panic, stay calm and assess the situation, take decisive appropriate action. Recently, my way of taking action has been to put together the Truth Summit in June, and now the second Truth Summit.
The second thought.
Part of Truth Summit 2 - Sept 25-Oct 6 - is an interview with a professional arborist who has spent the past 7 years going to the aftermath of the forest fires in California. He has taken photographs of the aftermath of one fire after another. Evidence of plastic untouched and trees unburned, needles still in place. Homes completely destroyed. He went to over 70 fires, if I am remembering right. He found only 3 fires that he believes qualify as natural forest fires. On the Truth Summit, you will hear his testimony of what he has found, along with over 100 photographs.
Posted August 31, 2023