On this day in 1570 the All Saints Flood swept over the Dutch coast killing many thousands and leaving many more homeless. It is still considered the worst storm and flooding in Dutch history.
On this day in 1665 the celebration of All Saints Day in London was postponed due to the prevalence of the Bubonic Plague which killed about 15 percent of the city’s population.
On this day in 1755 an estimated 8.5-to-9.0 earthquake devastated Lisbon killing up to 100,000 and having considerable cultural and intellectual implications across Europe.
On this day in 1941 Ansel Adams captures Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (above), one of the most influential compositions in modern photography. It is referenced here to highlight what seems to me a persistent paralleling of the worst and the best. From each of the horrific events noted above also arose much that is good.
Beauty may abide with the beastly. Evil and Good are sometimes neighbors, even siblings, in rare cases identical twins. How do we meaningfully engage the paradox?
What’s on your mind related to homeland security?