To others, it has a far deeper meaning, a scary one that is linked to other ongoing events in our world. These are good times for those inclined towards conspirational thinking, and for religious people who are waiting to hear God´s voice from the outside.
Although I am definitely not conspirationally inclined myself, I have started playing with the idea that there may be some sort of connection between two God-like interpretations of the volcanic eruptions coming from geographically and culturally rather disparate circles. Here they are:
1) Rush Limbaugh, conservative commentator from the US, recently suggested in a radio program that the passing of Obama´s health care bill may have started causing the earth to open up.
2) Ayatollah Kazem Sedhigi, senior cleric from Iran, recently suggested in a Friday prayer that inappropriately clothed women may lead to inchastity and consequently to an increase in earthquakes.
It seems as though God is finally speaking with only one voice after millennia of polyphony. He is angry, and this is why:
Women in Iran have started to relax, and US citizens are getting a chance to improve their health.
Calm down, God! Maybe you should try directing your rage towards evil instead.