Once more the people of the United States have moved to help their fellow citizens after the devastation created by hurricane Katrina. People from everywhere are trying their best to organize actions that will alleviate the situation of those who have suffered in this situation. There has been more caring and worrying than violence, yet we feel more the impact of the later.
Some of the things said though have to be looked at under a different light. It is assumed that many people did not leave New Orleans after the evacuation order was given because they are stubborn or stupid. Nevertheless a lot of questions have started to appear. When the evacuation order was given, was there transportation available for the poor who had no cars? Was there any plan to follow? Did they have any money available for food or shelter? Or were they expected to solve these problems by themselves?
Once more judgment was passed on the poor whose only sin is being poor
.I have been watching the pictures and images of the tragedy in the south of the United States. There is a feeling of powerlessness before the devastation caused by nature and as I think again about the circumstances that lead to so much death, I cannot help but think how much of the problem was created by greed.
The environmentalists have mentioned how the wetlands have been desiccated for years in order to build fancy resorts and for urbanization. The laws of nature were broken to create more richness for a few. Meanwhile the poor continued to live exposed to every risky movement of nature.
For many people who lost everything, there were insurance policies and bank accounts to go back to, but for those who live day to day in a survival mode, their losses are forever.
After the first food, water, and clothes are passed around, how can we really help so that this does not happen in other places.
How many poor communities do we have in this country and how can we make sure that the conditions they live in change for the better?
Every situation like this gives us the opportunity to reevaluate our own way of life and how others are living. It also gives us the opportunity to go a step further after the initial act of generosity to working in changing more systemic things that affect us all.
When building takes place in our own towns, should we know how it affects the land and us? When zoning laws are being considered should we be aware of them?
It is wonderful for the heart and mind to practice sharing and generosity. After all is a way of acting from those who have to those who have not, but in working towards a more lasting generosity, we should be aware of what our communities go through.
I salute the people of the United States who are always responding with enormous generosity and are always trying to compensate for what greedy corporate America helps create here and abroad.