terawatts

Last night while Tumblr was out on a boat in a thunderstorm, a bunch of us saw lightning–huge, sky-spanning lightning–strike the top of the WTC on more than one occasion. I really wish I had been able to get even a crappy iPhone picture of it, but I’m more glad that I got to see it for myself and witness its power.

It got me thinking about the insanity of civilization and our perception of our power over the world and universe. New York is this big, built-up monument to superiority and the hallucination of an invincible, unending existence. But every now and then Nature comes by and throws a 1 terawatt middle finger on top of your tallest building, as if to tell you “nope, you’re completely insignificant, and still subject to anything above and around you.”