Regina and I are among the lucky ones. We live on a hilltop, so we weathered the Colorado storm last week without damage. Down below there was flooding all around us in every direction. Here are a couple of pictures I took at the golf course and heritage park here in Louisville/Superior.
Guess it was a “Thoth moment” for Regina and me. (You may recall that according to legend, Thoth was living in the hilltop temple when the floods sank Atlantis. He and a handful of other Atlanteans narrowly escaped and ushered humanity into the Second Epoch in Babylon, Egypt, and other locations around the world.)
But back to the current flooding…. In nearby Boulder, the company I work for sits on the banks of Boulder Creek, which at one point was 10 feet above its banks. Somehow, the company also avoided flooding…. and it opened up a section of its building as a temporary work-site refuge for a nearby company that wasn’t so lucky.
For many, the Colorado flooding has been a harrowing experience…
… while others seemed to take it in stride.
So, this is the first in a series of articles I plan to write about water, the life-blood of our planet. The shape of our future depends to a great extent on our water… its purity and availability in the face of a swelling population and environmental destruction.
I’ll end this lead article with help from an unlikely source… Fred Rogers, the host of a children’s TV show (Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) in the 1950s and 60s.
Mr Rogers once said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
Typical of many genuine saintly souls who walk the Earth, Fred Rogers was the subject of various dark rumors… all false… all the result of the savage side of our human nature, which seeks out darkness wherever light prevails.
The spirit of Fred Rogers was alive during the floods here last week… lots of helpers…
… and I suspect it will prevail in the coming years as we humans come to terms with the challenges facing our planet’s precious water supply.