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Friday, January 14, 2011

Are These People Mad?

Toowoomba, Queensland
Recently I wrote about a metaphoric ocean of rage. Well today here's short post about a raging river - well, a creek to be more accurate. This amazing footage, shown in the video below, was taken by some young people in Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, about 4 days ago at the height of the floods. It really does show the forces of nature in spectacular fashion. We humans are becoming increasingly dissociated from nature, but once in a while it taps us on the shoulder to remind us who is boss.

One of the most fascinating things about this video is the guy who chooses to move his car away from the creek bank, just as other cars are being swept away. Methinks he needs to get a little perspective! There he is risking his life to move the beloved 4-wheel drive, and he is carrying a fragile umbrella to keep the rain way! Priceless! I am not quite sure if he is a hero or an idiot. Right now I am inclined towards the latter. Of course as a spiritually minded person I have no judgment on the matter! ;-)

In something of an irony, that other kind of rage - or madness if you like - also showed up on the video, which became a viral hit attracting nearly a million hits a day. Sadly (considering the death and devastation caused by the floods) the comments section of the video became inundated with what I can only term hatred. Posters with a little too much time of their hands took this grim occasion to be a good opportunity to start an intercontinental bashing contest between Australians and Americans . I won't go into the details, as it is not necessary. The comments section was discontinued for a while, but I note they put them back up.

The best way to deal with internet projections is: walk away.

Here's the video, courtesy of "whitelightbringer" on YouTube. If you can't see the video below, click here.


  1. This is just awful. I feel so bad for the losses experienced by Queensland, and have absolutely no idea what all the nasty commenting was about. I only went back a few pages, but was at a total loss as to what could have started such nastiness.

    Some people are just haters. The internet gives them a voice.

  2. Yes, the internet is a godsend for haters, Nancy - or should that be a devilsend LOL. An old Indian saying goes, "when you meet the tiger is on the path, step aside". It's good advice.