Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What will we learn from Haiti

Perhaps the greatest natural disaster in my lifetime has occurred in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Most of us have never seen anything like this. The news media is bringing this devastation to life unlike any other event they have ever covered. Compassion has never been more needed than it is right now. The world must and will, I believe, respond. How they respond will be carefully noted. This horrific situation brings humanity to its knees. We suddenly are thrown into the rawest form of the need to show the utmost respect for our fellow man. We know few or none of these persons individually. That does not deter us from coming to their aid. The logistical problems are immediately insurmountable, but step by step this tragedy will heal. This is a fine opportunity to come together for the good of others because it is the right thing to do. It will make us feel better to do something, anything we can. In so doing, respect, grace and compassion will be our surest guide.

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