I know people tend to shy away from discussions of disasters of such magnitude. It's too much to comprehend sometimes. Some others disassociate: different continent, different politics...who knows why? But then there are the pictures of moms and dads standing in the rain hoping against hope that someone will pull their child, unscathed, from out the rubble of a collapsed school building...too much...too sad...to much to bear...to comprehend. There is a great sadness in the word...this disaster, the massive losses from the cyclone in Burma, the mid-west tornadoes.... I find myself wondering if this is the beginning or more and greater catastrophes to come. I'm not speaking of Armageddon-day of reckoning type doomsday prophesies. Rather, I'm thinking there was the earthquake in the mid-west (unusual was it?) and now an earthquake that spanned an area as wide as from Maine to Arizona (or so it was reported). So I'm wondering is the Earth going through some kind of phase. Or can that much land shift around without other parts having to shift around as well - with equally massive destruction? Is our weather growing more violent? And if so...for a reason? What say you?