« Why Boot Camp is Not The End of OS X Development | Main | Get a Mac Campaign Launched »

Hurricane in the Midwest

Take a look at the pictures on this AccuWeather Community Blog post. If you'd seen these without the article, you might think that a hurricane had made it intact to the plains! Or at least that you're seeing an example of the power of Photoshop.

Instead, what's really going on is the power of nature, and the natural spiral dynamics of a highly organized weather system, in this case a powerful snow storm. We see this organization in hurricanes, tornadoes, whirlpools, and even in the bathtub.

Since two weeks ago when I saw some of the tornado/whirlwind displays as part of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, I've been mulling over the apparent power of this type of organization in an energy system. It's frequently used to describe the functioning of Aikido techniques, making it all the more compelling of an image (understood this way, it becomes less an image and more of a kinesthetic understanding)

All over nature, from the tiniest whrilpools all the way up to entire galaxies, we see sprial dynamics come into play.  Does the organization of a cyclone hold any merit as a metaphor for the enhancement of our lives? I've heard it mentioned but will need to study the question further.
We  frequently catch ourselves saying something has "spiraled out of control", for instance. Or maybe we were caught up in a whirlwind of excitement.

In any case, sprial dynamics can be a beautiful thing to watch; as beautiful as it is powerful, in spite of its potentially devastating effects as we witness in the U.S. midwest today.

Posted on April 20, 2006 | Permalink | Tag this post with del.icio.us | This Post Now Lives Here


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Hurricane in the Midwest:


The comments to this entry are closed.