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The Hurricane

I’ve been feeling a lot of anxiety about the hurricane and all of the flooding and death and overall destruction. Whenever natural disasters destroy lives and land, it’s always hard for me to understand why. It’s just so tragic. I’ve been watching the news reports and it’s just so hard to believe everything that I’m seeing.

First of all, it’s frustrating to me that there are so many people looting. At a time when everyone should be pulling together and working to make a horrible situation better, it just seems so self-defeating to have people just looking out for themselves. I guess I could understand it better if it was a case of being hungry and taking food, but it’s not that way as far as I can tell.

I also am slightly bothered by all of the comparisons to the December Tsunami that took thousands of lives and destroyed land in several countries of South Asia. Hurricane Katrina is a disaster in its own way, but I don’t think it can be compared on the same scale as the Tsunami. It’s a bit ethno-centric of Americans to keep comparing the damages, in my opinion. At least the residents of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida had adequate advanced warning to evacuate.

Although I will say that the stories I’m hearing are as heartbreaking as the ones I heard six months ago from Tsunami survivors. There was one man sobbing to a reporter last night about he had been holding onto his wife’s hand as best he could and then just couldn’t hold on anymore.

Today is a national day of prayer for the hurricane victims. There are obviously many people still trapped and many people still unaccounted for. Pray for the situation and donate through the Red Cross or another charity to help the relief effort.

www.redcross.org

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