We tend to think of ourselves as invincible. After all, we're Americans. We are the greatest military and economic power in history. Next to us, the great empires of the past fade into insignificance. We think it can never happen to us. When the tsunami hit Southeast Asia, we shook our heads, gave our money, and thought tragedies were only for other people.
Today we realize the truth. All of our brilliance in engineering, technology, creativity and construction can't stand up to wind and water--the most basic of elements. We are not God... despite our arrogance and self-confidence. Today we realize the truth. But, being Americans, we'll probably forget again soon.