The huge storms we are seeing now were predicted by climate scientists like James Hansen and others, and are no surprise but predicted. And yet the electorate lives in a delusional world which Mother Nature is now challenging with reality of what we have done to our Mother, the Earth. Al Gore told us this was happening in his documentary An Inconvenient Truth, and Florida and Texas went for Bush anyway. Then they went for Trump. So now guess what? Their suffering will increase in part due to the damaging policies their elected officials have promulgated.
Jesus said as He was being killed on the cross, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." And, without being at all condescending and patronizing we can pray for the poor citizens of Texas and Florida who voted for representatives who don't have their best long term interests at heart, forgive them father for they know not what kind of demons they have allowed their governmental officials to unleash with their misguided policies.
My heart goes out to the suffering, but I also hope that they learn from their suffering and change their hearts in the direction of healing our planet for the benefit of human kind and Mother Nature. This means at the macro level joining together to promote policies that ameliorate, not destroy, and benefit the majority of the earth's inhabitants not just the 1%. In a democracy, our vote in the ballot box has long term ramifications and we are seeing our past voting decisions contributing to perverse policy development play out in contributing to political decisions with harmful consequences.
We have a lot to offer as UUs helping our collective psyche to identify its self destructive beliefs and behaviors in the service of acting together to benefit all of human kind. To identify the societal forces that contribute to delusional behavior of the majority can be a focus of our work. Without being sarcastic or mocking I would like to ask the citizens of Texas and Florida who championed de-regulation, drilling, pipelines, cheap fossil fuel, putting coal miners back to work, etc. how is that "Make America Great Again" thing working for ya?
Reality has many definitions but one of the most important is the empirical one of natural law. What we, as humans, think and believe is not as influential a factor on life as what Mother Nature actually has happen. So in evaluating the truth of our beliefs and opinions we should put the biggest weight on "How is that working for you?" Climate change denial, and policies and behavior destructive to the environment on our planet, while beneficial to some in the short run, have dire consequences in the long run. The question to monitor is, "Will the hurricane damage in Texas and Florida change the voting behavior of those suffering in the red states?" Mother Nature is a consistent and dependable teacher which leaves an observer to wonder how long does it take for some people to learn?