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My heart breaks in the wake of tragedy. Call me a bleeding heart or overly empathetic and you'd be right. Suffering of any sort has a profound impact on my daily life when I'm faced with it.
I was watching the news on September 11th when the second plane hit the twin towers and I could probably pin point the exact moment my life changed. From that moment and over the course of the following months I was obsessed with the news. I listened to it in the car, I watched it on TV, I was glued to the neverending feeds of pain and loss and it broke me. I eventually went on a news fast and cut it out completely. People would talk about things that were going on and I had no clue which is why it took so long for me to figure out what happened with Hurricane Katrina.
I'm treading carefully hereso I do not get sucked in like I did during 9/11 but there are people that need help, that are suffering in ways I hope you never experience and I've posted a news article should you feel the need to contribute as I have.
Perhaps I'm naive, I'm sure some would call me that, but the attitude is what is really killing me right now. We've witnessed the destruction caused by natural disasters recently with the Tsunami in Southeast Asia and I've seen the incredible outpouring of love, support and well wishes. However, the tables are turned now that it's something that's happened within the United States.
I hear comments about how they 'got what they had coming' and 'the big superpower should deal with it' and so on and so forth. This is not a political issue, this is a humanitarian issue. These are innocent people who have died, lost their homes, their belongings, their families.
Equally alarming sentiments followed 9/11 and perhaps I want to believe that the underlying feeling of brotherhood would override political differences but once again it's 'the evil US' and the comments continue.
No I don't particularly like George Bush and his administration but to condone the devastation and turn a blind eye to the pain and suffering occuring in the Gulf States is just barbaric. How do you sentence and typecast an entire country because you don't agree with it's political leadership?
I spend a great deal of time in the United States as my in-laws are there and I've met incredible people and seen beautiful areas, there is good there. My heart goes out to those affected and I'm sure it's touched many in our own deviantART community.
Think outside of the box. These are people, so embrace the fellowship of humanity, drop the political stance, and lend a hand. You could save a life, does it really matter where they live?
Be kind to someone today, just because you can.