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The predominant world view believes in, even worships, control. To be reminded of the impersonal, unable-to-be-controlled forces that surround us threatens us in every way. Mostly this reality is felt as only theoretical possibility. When we witness them unleashed it is more than structures and lives that are lost. Donations to the Red Cross can't heal this rift in our sense of well being. Maybe recognition of the larger natural cycles into which earthquakes and tsunamis area part can.