It might be a good idea to pay attention to this commentary, quoted from an article in the Dallas Times. "The Iceland eruption is one small reminder of the awesome effect nature can have on our globalized world. It's worth noting that another volcanic eruption in Iceland, in 1783, lasted eight months and sent a huge cloud of toxic smoke across Europe that killed 10,000 people and altered global climate patterns. An old margarine commercial in the 1970s used to warn us nightly, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature." But perhaps we've just been fooling ourselves. Despite our high-tech mastery, we tend not to appreciate how tenuous our grip is on this planet's phenomenal natural forces. Like children, we prefer to ignore them as we run fast and play hard. Like any good mother, nature has its way of reminding us to slow down."