Whenever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience. – Thomas Chandler Haliburton
What is it about human nature that wants to disobey authority and then complain that the “authorities” do not give a fig about what people want?!
With the hot, dry weather of summer in San Diego upon us, and following a very wet Spring generating a lot of brush and grasses, fires can start and grow like mad. Today, one such fire was apparently sparked by a vehicle traveling on the highway where grasses were very close to the roadbed. What became four hundred acres ablaze were tackled by firemen, trucks, fire-retardant dropping aircraft and water-dispersing helicopters from afternoon into the evening. Now it is bad enough that reporters and cameras were present to chronicle this fire, but these reporters stated, in the same breath, a MANDATORY EVACUATION for nearby residents AND some remaining behind to defend their homes with garden hoses. “Mandatory” had some meaning once upon a time. But today, there is an overall lack of trust in authority of any sort.
I get it. My house. Memories. Possessions. Stuff. But WHOSE life gets put on the line when the “stuff” hits the fan – and the fire threatens to envelope the homeowner and home? It’s the same response from those who live in the hurricane zone along the Eastern seaboard and Gulf of Mexico. Are first responders required to go after people who refuse to leave their property? I believe it is part of the oath they take to protect and serve. In the meantime, it looks like it is going to be a flaming Summer and Fall. I might want to buy another garden hose, or up my homeowner’s insurance.