Shock Wave(Science)

At least one of us at AltDoc has experienced an earthquake, a substantial terremoto that clocked in at 6.1 on the Richter scale. Not horrific, of course, but strong enough to very swiftly make us realize that Madre Earth can do whatever she pleases at any given time, and there isn't a solitary unit of control that we hopeless humans have over her actions. This fact was also imparted to us at an early age, when our grade 7 teacher--a bearded, well-meaning 60's casualty named Mr. Boss--pointed his slender finger at us during a typically-gripping science class and declared, "The big one is coming to the west coast of Canada, kids. Maybe tomorrow, or maybe in one hundred years, but it's coming. We are overdue. And there's nothing you can do about it." Those alarming words turned out to be indelible on our not-yet-drug-enhanced brain.

This exhaustive CBC documentary about earthquakes, tsunamis, and the efforts to predict the destructive path of Mr. Boss's "big one" is a terrific watch if you think you've grudgingly made peace with global warming, the imminent one-world order, no cure for cancer presented to the public, ongoing war in the Middle East, graphic sexual and violent imagery in popular music, chronic famine in North Korea, and paedophiles working in the criminal justice system. Once you think you've accepted that human beings have essentially murdered a very fine planet, Shock Wave serves as a nice cold jet of water to the face to demonstrate that Earth will forever have ways to remind us who's "boss" (pun intended, as tribute), and that we are going to murder nothing except ourselves. As the late-and-forever comic genius George Carlin once said (and this is a rather flimsy but clear paraphrase): this Earth ain't going anywhere. We are.

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