A Storm is Coming

Sun Idol

In the past the sun has been revered as a god and an idol.  During the middle ages and into the renaissance it moved from orbiting our plant to being the center of the Earth’s orbit.  For many Christians the sun is still seen as divine, or rather, as a sign or symbol of God’s grace and power.  From a scientific perspective the sun is the source of nearly all of the energy that flows within the life on Earth and it is the origin of our weather patterns and the seasons.  The sun is central to our solar system, our existence, and our future.

Scientists have shown that solar storm activity peaks every 11 years and we should enter the next high point sometime around 2012.  Past solar storms have had devastating effects on the Earth and society.  It is believed that an 1859 solar storm disrupted telegraph lines and caused fires throughout Europe and North America.  In 1989 the power grid was knocked out in Quebec, Canada, and in 2003 2 satellites and a Martian probe’s systems were affected by solar activity.

Solar Flare

Now our modern technology is more sensitive, far more wide spread, and central to our every day life and a severe solar storm could cause cataclysmic destruction across the world.  One powerful storm could affect water, communication, refrigeration, and refueling systems just to name a few essentials to our way of life.  While I am not a believer in a prophesied Armageddon in 2012 I do believe that we should be cautious and aware of the dangers that accompany our modern society.  It will take money and research to begin to understand and eventually predict space weather patterns, but this is something we must be more aware of.

In the end we would not be here without the sun.  It is essential to so many parts of our world and our existence, but as with many parts of the natural world we must treat it with the respect and awe that it deserves.  In order for our balanced world to exist we must often weather extremes in our environment.  We have survived these trials in the past and we will weather them in the future, but we must be prepared for them.  Part of being prepared for these storms is limiting our dependence on our technology, and reaffirming local human connections in our communities.  These connections are essential to our future as they were to our past and in the end they are more dependable and reliant than all the technology in the world

-KEM

4 thoughts on “A Storm is Coming

  1. Great post, Kev. St. Francis also sanctified the sun through his heavenly cantos directed toward it.

    And of course–my favorite use of the sun in literature–let’s not forget that Dante posited the sphere of the sun as the fourth heavenly sphere: wherein those souls who embodied wisdom dwelt in paradise.

    The realm of the sun had 12 residents that Dante saw–the following residents are the most famous:

    St. Thomas Aquinas
    Boethius
    St. Dionysius
    St. Isidore of Seville
    Richard of St. Victor
    St. Bede (the only Englishman mentioned in Paradise)

    –pio

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  3. Hello,
    I found your site through a google alert and I am working with a sci fi thriller author you may find of interest for review. Below I have pasted additional informatino on the book for your convenience.
    Please let me know if you would be interested in a review copy.
    Kindly,
    Babs Chandrasoma | babs@prbythebook.com| 512.501.4399 X706
    Charles Justiz, Specific Impulse | http://charlesjustiz.com/
    It’s not every day that a former officer in the United States Air Force becomes the author of a science fiction thriller. But that’s exactly the case for Charles Justiz, who wrote his first novel Specific Impulse, the first in a planned trilogy. Compared to the works of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook, Justiz takes readers on an exciting journey full of drama and deception. The book follows Carin Gonzales and Jake Sabio as they are forced to fight for their lives when a mysterious explosion changes them in unpredictable ways. From gaining the ability to smell more precisely to moving in ways that are clearly impossible, Gonzales and Sabio quickly become wanted people by the Center for Disease Control and Special Agent Will Greenfield. Only time will tell if the two strangers can find the cure for their infection before it is too late.
    Discussion points:
    • What is the inspiration behind Specific Impulse?
    • What type of readers will this novel attract?
    • What can readers expect from the next novel in the trilogy?
    • How can readers relate to Specific Impulse and the main character’s heroic journey?

    • Hey Babs. Thanks for posting. You are one of our first few posts from outside the family. I’d be curious about knowing more about the book you mentioned and more about you as well.

      Thanks,

      pio

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