posted on Jan, 13 2010 @ 08:10 PM
My god. It's times like these I can almost envy the religious, and those who believe in better places for us after this life. There is a magnitude
and tragedy to the plight of those afflicted which strike the same human chords in the heart of all of us, but to the non-believers it can take on a
potent added significance by not being able to muffle it's reverberation. The religious may wonder how this could possibly be necessary to a divine
plan, but it seems their grass is awfully green from where I stand.
What we're seeing in Haiti are two sides of a common coin of globalization. Industrialization and infrastructure which, while still stricken with
corruption and abject poverty, has risen the standard of living in Haiti above it's previous levels while providing basic infrastructure. Pushed the
trend towards denser urbanization in communities with sub-standard building materials and codes. The destruction we're seeing in Port-au-Prince now
is analogous to what happened in the Sichuan province of China a few years back.
However, the level of suffering we're seeing now in it's obvious and concentrated tonnage upon our senses only represents a level of suffering which
once existed in greater magnitude; rendered in smaller and nearly invisible ever present sufferings. If the pilot on your water heater extinguished,
and the room filled with gas which ignited to significant structural damage to home and the health of your family... would such an event constitute a
level of suffering and pain significant enough to forgo heated water in your next home?
While corrupt and broken to a point where it can evokes an primal altruistic sense of guilt and shame, or anger at the dichotomy, in comparison to our
own... the good it did (however inefficient) is evident now in the chaos resultant of the breakdown of that infrastructure.
And of course, I can't be the only one who's seen the uprising of international aid and disaster relief being poured out from almost every corner of
the world. The U.N., Japan, China, Estonia, Russia, Pakistan, Turkey, Chile, Brazil, Cuba... from not only the European Union as a whole, but from
virtually every member of the EU above and beyond what was already offered via the Union. Canada and America organizing the largest devotion of
resources and transport... just to get started. A dizzying variety of International Aid organizations offering relief contributions, as well as
corporate businesses, banking industries, and wealthy philanthropists... to say nothing of the global internet as a whole spreading news and
organizing fund raising efforts from individuals across the spectrum of social classes.
A global outpouring of resources, money, peacekeepers, and manpower.... for the sake of the poorest nation in this hemisphere. And nary an oil field
in sight. It's enheartening, when all you hear from members here is how "they" are inhuman beasts with no concern for life beyond that which they
can take from them. How they just want to depopulate the Earth and enslave the desperate survivors. Sure, there will be corruption involved. I can all
but guarantee that the days to come will see stories of opportunists who filled their pockets instead of the bellies of the survivors. You're not
going to avoid that, and it happens on every level... from identity theft via mass email Disaster Relief frauds, as well as from those in the
mobilization efforts. But that there is ill-intent in the world, does not good and noble expression of good will at the calling of our better
[edit on 13-1-2010 by Lasheic]