As Walter Russell Mead noted in a post after Hurricane Sandy, terrible storms swirl just beyond the horizon. Our calm will soon be shattered.
We can protect ourselves from a storm like Sandy by taking proper precautions; at the Mead manor we have candles, firewood and food stocked against the possibility that our power will go out. But one day, dear reader, a storm is coming which neither you nor we can survive. The strongest walls, the sturdiest retirement plans stuffed with stocks and CDs, the best doctors cannot protect us from that final encounter with the force that made and will someday unmake us.
We often forget about the fragility of civilization. He compels us to remember this in order for us to be strong. He writes:
The world needs people who have that kind of strength and confidence. Storms much greater than Sandy are moving through our lives these days: the storms shaking the Middle East, recasting the economy, transforming the political horizons of Asia. It will take strong and grounded people to ride these mighty storms; paradoxically, it is only by coming to terms with our limits and weakness that we can find the strength and the serenity to face what lies ahead.
It’s good, then, to see such a game remind people the meaning of greatness and the importance of ethics — especially since the next stage in the Halo saga is called “the Reclaimer Trilogy.”