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Living In Lockdown

Stuck here at home not just by the Official Mandate but also by it being a cold wet crappy day, I went through my bookshelves and found something I hadn’t read in quite a few years.

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I escaped into Pompeii, a fictional adventure from 2003 by Robert Harris. It’s a story set against the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, along with Augusta the aqua duck. Just kidding. Aqueduct Augusta. I read the whole 350 page book in one sitting. It’s a pretty good read. It was either that or do housework. And it’s still raining. Crivens.

Anyway, some of the characters in the novel were real people, known to history. One of them, Gaius Plinius Secundus, is better known these days as Pliny The Elder. He was a naturalist and historian. He recorded the eruption in prolific detail from across the Bay of Naples as it happened, but when he lead a group of Navy ships over to try to save some people, the conditions eventually killed him. He was old and corpulent, but he was no coward. When thousands fled from the disaster, he ran (sailed) towards the fire. His extensive notes on the eruption survived, and this specific kind of volcanic explosion was named Plinian in his honor.

Anyway, near the end of the book are a couple of paragraphs describing his death scene as the eruption hits him that I think might be rather relevant right now:

Men mistook measurement for understanding. And they always had to put themselves at the center of everything. That was their gravest conceit. The earth is becoming warmer - it must be our fault! The mountain is destroying us - we have not propitiated the gods! It rains too much, it rains too little - a comfort to think that these things are somehow connected to our behavior, that if we only lived a little better, a little more frugally, our virtue would be rewarded. But here was nature, sweeping towards him - unknowable, all-conquering, indifferent - and he saw in her fires the futility of human pretensions.

It was hard to breathe, or even to stand in the wind. The air was full of ash and grit and a terrible brilliance. He was choking, the pain across his chest was an iron band. He staggered backwards.

Face it, don’t give in.

Face it like a Roman.

The tide engulfed him.

While thousands and thousands of people died in the eruption, many more thousands of people lived. While Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae were destroyed and buried, many of the other towns in the area were spared. Even a few people who were on the good side of the volcano lived through it.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/23/2020 at 06:50 PM   
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