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  •  Thank you for your candor (2+ / 0-)
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    Diana in NoVa, The Marti

    Like you, I grew up in New England, and our disasters were generally slow-moving such as hurricanes or blizzards or Nor'easters with days of advance warning.

    As you say, in other parts of the country, disasters are more sudden and less forgiving. It's hard not to feel empathy for someone who has lost their home, their business, their way of life, or their loved ones.

    Many people are not in a situation where they can afford to leave storm-prone areas, and many formerly "safe" areas are now being hit with major storms.

    We're all in this together.

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Mon May 20, 2013 at 03:10:34 PM PDT

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    •  We seem to do better with slow moving disasters (1+ / 0-)
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      Healthcare.  Education.  Hunger.

      I don't see the kind of victim blaming from the progressive side, or the inappropriate comments such as you point out. We tend to be more responsive to these pervasive problems.

      More sudden? Yes.  Less forgiving?  Not really.  Just less shocking.  Bad weather in Boston can be measured in the deaths of the homeless.  Poverty can be measured in infant mortality rates. It just doesn't make the headline news cycle.

      In another forum, just after Katrina I wrote about why I don't feel much empathy; I have mixed feelings about sharing that here.  It says something about how community is made and broken, though. I'll think about it.

      I can understand the emotional  response in those comments.  I try not to make them, because I don't find them useful.  I judge more, though on what people do in response - donating time or money or blood to help the victims outweighs making snarky comments, at least to me.

      This may, however, be a self-serving analysis.

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