Have you ever wondered about what the James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, and Madagascar 2 have in common?
Probably not - so let me enlighten you...
On flights to UK this week I discovered a more limited choice of movies and so these two received a re-run. And in both films the 'baddie' is doing the same thing: keeping control of the water supply so that others are deprived of it. [NB - studying what the bad guys are doing in Bond films over 40 years provides an insightful social commentary on the good vs evil power struggles in our world over that period!].
The point being that water is becoming precious. Over the next generation wars will be fought over the rights to water supplies (you could argue that those wars have started). And here am I sitting in Wales where I haven't seen the sun all week. And I come from New Zealand where complaints about the rain and escaping from the rain are habitual human activities.
What do we make of this?
I am repenting. In light of the fact that water is so precious around the world my view of rain is changing. I am now deliberately training myself to be thankful when it rains. I bring to mind those who would be dancing in that rain and I pray that it might be so for them - and by doing so I put the inconvenience of rain into perspective. To moan about the rain says something about the lives we live and their relative comfort and luxury. I am going to try not to moan anymore (even when it interrupts a cricket game that NZ might win!).
Last month I drove with my son from Melbourne to Sydney. Just as we were enjoying the death-place of Ned Kelly and then the birth-place of Don Bradman, the Hume Highway was closing behind us as Victoria got hit by Australia's worst ever peace-time natural disaster ... basically because of the lack of rain. And then some of the most serious areas of global poverty are directly related to a lack of moisture.
When all is said and done the Welsh and the Kiwi should be grateful that they live in a green and verdant land. Sure - floods are not much fun either, but the plusses of living in a country with a plentiful water supply far outweigh the minuses.
We should be more content.