I pray that the oceans, the animals, the underwater life, and the people living in the coastal areas be healed, and also that our collective psychic be mended.
These are three things I find can be looked at from the bright side:
- It shows us that we are not so in control as we might think we are
The NY Times published an article discussing how the conviction that our technology is capable of fixing all mistakes is being challenged. I find this very humbling, an invitation to reconsider our feeling of invincibility, both in a global and a personal scale.
- It sends a strong message to other oil companies exactly where it hurts them the most
Yes it is very upsetting to hear the CEO of BP talk about the spill being "tiny", so yes, we get it, oil business people do not care that much about the environment (although I do feel they probably care about it a little), but they do care about profits.
BP is currently spending a lot of money to fix their tiny mistake. This has to have the effect of rippling into other CEO's and shareholders greed consciousness, who will begin to think twice about safety, because they can clearly see how it can hurt their wallets, and their reputation.
- It gives us, the general public, a reminder of how groups together can have a big impact when joining forces
Mounting pressure from the people have led Obama to respond and be fully accountable for what is being called "Obama's Katrina". This shows that as a group, as a nation, we can stand up together and send a clear message of what we want, and what our priorities are. This is how a democracy works, we must be grateful to know that we can stand up together, and be heard.