Recent tragedy in Uttarakhand has resulted in loss of many lives as well as severe property damages, it resulted in lot of physical as well as emotional damage to many people and their families. I read some articles on Facebook where some so called Swamis or Yogis are posting some ridiculous comments about this tragedy. Now a days these type of articles show up after almost any tragedy like this one, they all have similar tone, they all blame deterioration of human values and humans drifting away from God (that too God of their own religion) as main reasons for such disaster, they claim that this tragedy is a warning from God to all those who don’t believe in him or are drifting away from him or are not too sincere in following his directions. Apart from insensitive nature of these comments, they surprise me by their poor logic and fanatic tone, I also wonder how these people can be so senseless to grab such a tragic incidents to advertise their product.
Most of these disasters are either man made (mass shootings, accidents) or natural calamities (like hurricanes, flash floods, earth quakes, etc.), all these result in heavy loss of human life and property, whenever anything like this happens it’s sad and shocking. Most of us feel sympathy towards victims of these incidents no matter where they happen, but few people manage to look at these events in totally ridiculous way and use it to propagate their religion or sect. For them any tragic incident is an golden opportunity to remind about authority of their God, and they do this in spite of knowing that many people who suffer in these incidents are very religious (some of these incidents happen at so called holy places), or are kids (who don’t even know properly what is the concept of God), but still they go ahead with their argument shamelessly with all the knowledge and awareness that they are insulting victims and hurting survives of these tragedies. I have no objection on their attempts to advertise their God, religion or sect, they have full right to sell their product and do marketing for it (which they do very efficiently) but to use such incidents for this purpose is very pathetic and insensitive. I also know that not all religious organizations do these things but most of the time they fail to criticize these type of comments in strong words.
I feel very bad after reading these type of posts, recently it happened after tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting incident and now after this Uttarakhand tragedy. Some of these natural disasters do want to give some warning to us about our abuse of nature and its resources but they are not from any God or superpower. In many cases it’s human error or lack of proper planning which results in massive loss of human life and property damage, we need to analyze the incident and figure our where things went wrong and make sure that those mistakes never happen again, if all of us think that it was God’s will to destroy property and kill people and nothing can be done to prevent this (rather than praying) then we are inviting many more disasters like this and after every disaster we will be looking at sky for possible answers. We need to make use of all technology which is available to us and make reliable system of disaster prevention and management, if we miss this then we are missing a very important lesson and opportunity which can help us to prevent anything like this from happening in near future. I hope rather than blaming destiny we rectify our mistakes and be better prepared next time because every human life is important. So please think over it, are these tragedies warning from God or nature or result of our own mismanagement, poor policies?
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