BP Macondo well site: Is the ancient curse fact or fiction?
Mississippi Canyon Block 252 in the Gulf of Mexico, also know as the BP Macondo oil well site, is now infamously known worldwide as the starting point of the worst oil spill disaster in history. Few deny that what has happened at BP’s Macondo well will change North America and perhaps the world for a very long time to come.
When tragedy strikes on a massive scale, people often wonder if the cause was simply a series of unfortunate events, or fate? There is an argument to be made for the latter, if you know the story of Macondo.
“The name Macondo comes from a fictitious town in a novel written in 1967 by Nobel-prize winning author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. ” ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude ‘ is the story of a family that spends generations looking for Utopia. They believe they find it in a town called Macondo, which as it turns out, is cursed, and inevitably destroyed. In the end, a descendant of the family learns that the fate of Macondo was pre-determined at the beginning of time, and the cipher that predicted it was simply not understood until it was too late.”
The writing incorporates real historical events with the visions of possibilities through its characters. Fate is intertwined with choice and the concept of history repeating itself are pervasive.
Throughout the novel, the characters are controlled by the influences of their personal history and the complexities of time. Some things never change.
Numerous works of fiction have brought classic, modern-day expressions to life; Catch22, 1984’s ‘Big Brother’ and the Greek myth of Pandora’s Box come to mind as perfect examples.
As for Macondo, a common association with the name may too, make its way into everyday vocabulary as a metaphor for facing warning signs with arrogance. There are places in this world that are not meant to be disturbed by humans. Macondo was one of them.
Whether by fate, the tale of a curse, or Biblical prophesy, the forces unleashed by the tip of BP’s oil drill into the Macondo reservoir has already sent a clear message; with so many warnings signs ignored, the BP oil spill disaster cannot be considered an accident.
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