Catesptrophic Consequences of Natural Disasters Essays

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Natural disaster is defined as “any event or force of nature that has catastrophic consequences, such as avalanche, earthquake, flood, forest fire, hurricane, lightning, tornado, tsunami, and volcanic eruption.” Many know that natural disasters occur because scientific reasons such as of “divergent weather patterns colliding, earth’s plate structure shifting, or because of an underwater earthquake.” While others believe God is the reason behind such disasters. The idea that natural disasters are a punishment has faded over time, but is still held by many people. It is one of the oldest excuses in the book, to blame God for what can’t be explained. In the article “Faith Divides the Survivors and It Unites Them, Too” by Amy waldman, …show more content…
When these things happen today, people blame God as an excuse to their problems. Because many people believe that God is in control of everything that goes on, they mistakenly assume that must mean that God is the one causing the disasters as well, when that necessarily is not the case. God allows things to happen, but he doesn't actually force things to happen. Not to say he doesn't arrange some events, maybe he does, but there is generally a more logical reason than that. Sometimes awful stuff just happens. Every now and then disasters are even caused by human irrationality or animosity like the 9/11 attacks, it's easier to play the blame game by pinning it on God than to face the reality. Not only have articles depicted peoples view on natural disaster, but even novels have shown it as well. Throughout the novel “Candide” by Voltaire its constantly shown how everything is for the best and God is the one behind it all, even if its terrible things. The earthquake in Candide is based on a real earthquake that leveled the city of Lisbon in 1755. “Before writing Candide, Voltaire wrote a long poem about that event, which he interpreted as a sign of God’s indifference or even cruelty toward humanity.” The earthquake signifies all the terrible natural events that occur for no reasonable explanation or reason. Though many people including one of the characters in “Candide” named Pangloss, try to

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