Just a Thought…about the weather

Remember the good old days when Rick Perry would lead the state of his historically drought-stricken Texas in a prayer for rain? Whether it rained or didn’t rain, it was an act of god. And when Obama was elected president and  a hand full of weather events hit the nation and Pat Robertson said god had cursed America for electing a Liberal, remember those days?

Typically on my lunch breaks over the winter here in Chicago I’ll stroll down to the Occupy protest site in front of the Bank of America building on La Salle Street. Sometimes I’ll detour past the spot just to say hello, to linger a bit and show solidarity. There is hardly the presence there was last fall. Not because of any lack of commitment by Occupy protesters, but because during Chicago’s harsh winters the decision was made to maintain only a symbolic presence at the site, at least until the weather turns favorable.

But this winter, by Chicago standards, has been heaven. It has remained unseasonably warm and mild, with hardly any snow at all. So as I stopped by today to visit the lone protester, a trader from the CBOT across the street remarked in passing, “you guys got lucky this winter,” before continuing on down the block. It got me to thinking.

So here’s the question, for all the Righties who like to throw around god’s good graces, or believe his wraths and blessings are manifested in the weather forecast, does the miraculous weather we’ve had mean that God supports Occupy Chicago? By that standard, how could one interpret it any other way? If Chicago had been hammered by winter, chasing the protesters screaming from the streets, doubtless someone with the opposition would have credited god for ridding our good streets of Occupy activists.

For the lonely protester standing on that corner day and night, God might well have buried them in snow and plunged them into frigid cold. if it works one  way, god’s graces and curses, shouldn’t it work the other way too? Don’t they eventually just cancel each other out? Roll the dice, baby…Just a thought…about the weather, that is.

About 900poundgorilla

W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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