Pretty ironic isn’t it, the world has been waiting for Iceland to return the cash they owe, but somehow the letter “c” got lost in translation and they gave us ash instead. To make matters worse they decided as some kind of cruel joke to give the volcano a name that even the best tongue twister would have a serious challenge pronouncing. Eyjafjallajökull according to the BBC’s Pronounciation Unit (and you wonder where our taxes go) is pronouced as AY-uh-fyat-luh-YOE-kuutl (-uh).
On a more serious note, it just comes to show that as much as us humans like to think we are in control, it is nature that really holds the ultimate key to our existence. Volcano eruptions are nothing new, but when you add up all the natural disasters that we have had recently it does make you wonder if Gaia has started to take revenge. Is it too late for us to change our ways? James Lovelock who originally proposed the Gaia Hypothesis seems to think so. If humans do not go through significant evolution over the next century both in terms of our habits and necessities, there is a high likelihood that we too will be extinct just like the numerous dominant species before us.