Trust is such a small word for the meaning it is intended to convey. It is fair to say that many people do not trust the incoming president of the United States. But how do they arrive at the position? They mistrust him because they believe him to be a teller of untruths. Or they mistrust him because of an attitude he has displayed toward women or minorities. Equally, on the other side of the argument many do not trust the “news”. They do not trust the news channels and newspapers to provide the “real” truth. They feel they are working to their own agenda and providing merely propaganda. Whatever the direction of travel there is a lot of mistrust around now.
But what is “trust”? It is having a firm belief in the reliability, truth or the ability of someone or something. Yet if you “trust in God” it is clearly something far more than that. To have trust in someone is of the utmost, it is the ultimate vote of confidence.
Many people also distrust the theory of global warming but I was alarmed to read about the coral in the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa that is dying at an alarming rate.
According to the Japanese Government Ministry responsible 70% of the coral has now perished. They revealed that the coral had been killed by a phenomenal known as “bleaching”. This occurs when unusually warm water causes coral to expel the algae living in their tissues, causing the coral to turn completely white. Sadly unless water temperatures quickly return to normal, the coral eventually dies from lack of nutrition.
The average sea surface temperature between June and August 2016 in the southern part of the Okinawa island chain was 30.1 degrees centigrade – or one to two degrees warmer than usual – and was the highest average temperature since records began in 1982, according to the Japan meteorological agency.
Obviously their records do not go back very far but whatever your view on the global warming phenomenon this is all very troubling and sad. Coral is such a thing of beauty and of such importance to the oceanic ecosystem that this is a tragedy whichever way we choose to look at it.
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