In 1815, Mount Tambora erupted on Sumbawa, an island of modern-day Indonesia. Historians regard it as the volcano eruption with the deadliest known direct impact: roughly 100,000 people died in the immediate aftermath. Despite the devastating loss of life, far more people died over the years that followed due to secondary effects that spread worldwide.
Scientists theorize that volcanoes near the equator can affect global weather changes if their eruptions are powerful enough to release gases into the stratosphere. This enormous amount of gasses get trapped in the atmosphere, leading to a type of “covering,” limiting the sun’s rays from coming in. Despite this being a temporary change to the atmosphere, the results are long lasting.
Cooling temperatures lead to decreased rainfall, failed crops, and eventually mass starvation in parts of the world. Joseph Manning, a professor of classics and history at Yale University, says that “In today’s world, the after-effects of volcanoes are much more dangerous than the direct impact.”
This natural event reminds me of how anger can produce devastating effects long after the initial eruption. It first builds up from within and eventually released out into the world with destructive results. What’s more, this anger can impact many more beyond those initially affected by us.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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