Terrorists as little gods (?)
Hurricane Katrina resulted in 20 times the amount of insurance claims than 9/11, yet the government response to 9/11 must be hundreds if not thousands of times more expensive than the resources put into rebuilding New Orleans.
Why is this? Why does one disaster get so much attention and the other is forgotten in a year?
We view nature as an amorphous force, with no agency. Terrorists, on the other hand, have a face, a name.
The ancients invented gods to personify the forces of nature which surrounded them, providing a framework for understanding the chaos of the world. There were no random events, but rather the work of the gods.
Are terrorists then the minor gods of our time?