Sometimes acceptance is your only option
I read an amusing article this week. It was about a bunch of people who since 1850s have been trying to control the weather. During the American Civil War an engineer named Edward Powers bagged $9000 from Congress to see if attaching dynamite to kites and balloons and exploding it amongst the clouds would make it rain. As you’d expect he didn’t have much success.
It is easy to look back at people’s scientific failures with a degree of superiority. But I think it is important to encourage experimentation. Otherwise, how do you know what is truly possible? For the moment though, here are some other attempts at weather control.
In Austria several years later, a mayor built 36 steel cones on top of a hill. Each was 5 meters tall and hooked up to gas chambers designed to fire a high-pressure shockwave into the clouds. It was intended to make them vibrate and release rain. And in Australia, canons were fired into the sky with equally little success.
In more recent times, New Zealand farmers have devised a gramophone-like funnel that reverberates a gas composite to rattle the clouds and prevent it from hailing ice onto their crops and causing damage.
Apparently, over 20 countries are presently using this device including Belarus, Iran and China. For the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the Chinese Government blasted the cannons to try and make pregnant clouds rain before the events began. In summary, there hasn’t yet been developed a reliable method for making clouds rain at the behest of us mere mortals down below.
This begs the question; can weather be manipulated at all? My guess would be no. I admit that I am not an expert in this area. Far from it. But I am drawn to the conclusion that it is futile to try to control the weather. It is such a complex ‘thing’ (my expertise is really coming through now) and a thing at that, which is so regularly changing.
The weather is a lot like your changing thoughts and emotions. It is natural to want to control them directly e.g. thinking positive thoughts and pushing away uncomfortable emotions like fear, sadness, guilt and anger. But, trying to do so is often futile as well. It only leads to temporary relief or improvement. In reality, thoughts and feelings behave without your say-so. They can be predicted just as the weather can be predicted. But, it isn’t always right and being able to predict it doesn’t mean that you can stop it.
Fostering a sense of awareness and acceptance can be a more useful strategy as you move forwards through your day-to-day experiences. You can invest a lot of time and money in trying to have better thoughts and emotions, but how successful has this been in the past? How much does doing so contribute to a better life; one that is richer and more fulfilling?