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  •  I read a story once... (0+ / 0-)

    I think it was by Suzette Haden Elgin, in which the affinity tornadoes seem to have for mobile home parks is explained.  Seems that since trailer parks are the places where the desperate end up there's a powerful lot of despair and wishing things could be different floating around--but people are stuck because even though that trashy single wide is almost nothing, it's still all they have and they're stuck there because of their possessions.  So, when it gets too bad, their despair calls the tornado, which uproots and destroys all those little bits and bobs and forces the people to realize that, now they have nothing, there's nowhere to go but up--and the destruction is actually only the destruction of their self made prison.  

    I've seen lots of people held captive by their stuff--staying in bad situations long past the time they should move on, all because they have to stay in a hated job to pay for their stuff, or because they won't be able to replace the stuff if they leave a relationship, or because they think their kids need the stuff to be happy so they stick around.  Mystics are smart when they tell their wannabe followers to dump the stuff, because only then are they free enough to concentrate fully on their new lives.

    "Nothing's wrong, son, look at the news!" -- Firesign Theater

    by SmartAleq on Sun Sep 06, 2009 at 02:13:12 PM PDT

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