June 22, 2004
Saw lightning behind thick yellow-gray clouds tonight, low over the shadowy mountains. With each flash, nearly half the sky went incandescent, leaving black after-image spots burned into my eyes. It is astounding and saddening that people in a world filled with lightning storms, volcanoes, lions, sharks, unstoppable killer viruses and an infinite array of awesome natural forces can possibly imagine that they have the power to delay or derail the Cosmic Nature Train. It is a case of the fleas thinking they are controlling the dog, and we'd all be happier if we just owned up to our flea nature.