On commenting at work to a colleague about the current extensive flooding, and describing it as Mother Nature throwing a tantrum, the reply I received seemed quite apt: "And when us girls get into a strop there's no stopping us!"
Although it is, of course, distressing for all those who are suffering - I particularly feel for small businesses and farmers, from an eco/earth centred point of view we have only ourselves to blame.
I also wonder just how much 'stuff' is going to have to end up in land-fill sites. Suddenly our meagre, yet hard fought efforts of recycling and reusing waste seems inconsequential besides the mountains of furniture, household goods, and other consumables that will have to be destroyed. Why are our lives so built around such things? But it can all be replaced by the insurance, so why bother worrying about it?
Somehow, many things are wrong with the way we live our modern lives.