Monday, September 05, 2005


We heard many religious figures discuss the reasons for the tsunami, as if they know why God acts in certain ways. Those statements were met with ridicule. Now, post Katrina, we see fewer putting forth the same religious explanations. Why?

Three of the possibilities:

1) Katrina only killed, according to the highest current estimates, 10,000 people. The tsunami was 26x worse.

2) People realize the fallacy of such arguments moreso when they are directly affected. Why? Perhaps they don't want to hear reproof, that their lifestyle/decision/etc condemed thousands to death. Or they think that they can't affect the lives of thousands. Regardless, the geographic proximity makes the silly religious argument less believable. Therefore less of them are made.

3) Bloggers get results.