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  •  Thanks, LP. I've been trying to figure out (5+ / 0-)

    what the difference is between this and Haiti, and I think for me it is the feeling that there is simply no way - not the slightest possibility - that anything within my power to do would be even a drop in the bucket compared to the need. 200,000 people I can imagine. Helping a few of them have a shelterbox is actually a percent difference that wouldn't have too many zeros after the decimal point. Comprehensible. Dry land to put up tents I can imagine. Draining a sea I can't imagine. 16 million people I can't imagine. That is not to say we shouldn't try - in fact, it means we need to try harder. But in this case, there does not feel as though there's a possibility of doing any good at all. Feel is different from think. We can think and understand that lots of contributions add up, once we get past the feeling that we are helpless to do anything in the face of this size of disaster.

    Yet another food diary... What two people have for dinner: My 365 Dinners

    by pixxer on Tue Aug 31, 2010 at 07:22:00 AM PDT

    •  good point (4+ / 0-)

      They are a victim of a "too-large" disaster.
      People are just writing these victims off as a result.

      The best way to save the planet is to keep laughing!

      by LaughingPlanet on Tue Aug 31, 2010 at 07:39:15 AM PDT

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      •  I took a fire suppression class given by the city (1+ / 0-)
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        because it's clear that after the inevitable earthquake ('when' is a question; 'whether' is not) we will be pretty much on our own. In the class, the teacher/firefighter pointed out that after a disaster, people who, under normal circumstances, could be rushed to a hospital and saved, might have to be given up, when people with a better chance, and zillions of them, are there and needing help. Triage will doom many of us who might have survived the same injuries - if we were the only ones. I understand this in some fundamental way.

        Different from Pakistan, but not unrelated. How do you make a decision like that, I wonder... or have we made it, as a planet, in this case? Or have we made it wrongly - prematurely - under inappropriate and unnecessary circumstances? What can actually be accomplished?

        Yet another food diary... What two people have for dinner: My 365 Dinners

        by pixxer on Tue Aug 31, 2010 at 10:30:39 PM PDT

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