Just when you start questioning your fellow man’s worth, something like this happens…. And man’s innate compassion and humanity comes shining through. Mother Nature has a way of putting our petty grievances in perspective. She is the one thing man has not been able to control.
We are at her mercy.
We either get bombarded with record snow falls that cause massive transportation issues. Or we have raging forest fires that destroy homes.
We’ve had the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, destroying a major US city and its rich culture; we’ve had the horror of the Indonesian tsunami in 2004
And now this.
But already there are stories of tremendous courage and compassion emerging from the devastation that was once Haiti—an already impoverished country. I know all of our hearts go out to these struggling people. Here's hoping the help they need arrives soon. A number of organizations, such as the Red Cross, have already set up websites to accept donations. Giving us all a chance to see the generosity and love that man is capable of showing the occupants of this planet. It is very encouraging in the face of all of the wars and human rights violations.
Then we have douche bags like Pat Robertson claiming these events are because Haiti made a “Pact with the Devil.” Seriously, Pat? And you’re a Christian? It’s like when the fundamentalists claimed AIDS was God’s retribution to gays—and other such nonsense. AAARRRGGGHHH!!!
I don’t know, but, as much as I’ve tried to block out my 12 years of Catholic school, I do remember that the basic Christian philosophy is that God is all-loving. And all-forgiving. Which means, as much as we may not like it, even the most heinous human being [like Hitler] has a shot at “heaven” if they repent.
I wish I was in a position to do more in situations such as this, but I am not. I try to donate when possible and I try to help those I see in need nearby—even if it's just talking to someone who seems down—in the hopes that the ripple effect will spread far and wide….