My Honest Opinion on International Natural Catastrophes

Japan. This country is the latest hit with a major natural disaster. I read about it first on Twitter. Now I find out information from just Twitter and my RSS feeds. I don’t need to watch the news or read the newspaper to get that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. It seems as if the world is self-destructing. All those people. All those animals. All those lives.

Add Haiti. New Zealand. (Times two.)

I don’t tweet about these events. I don’t even retweet. I don’t comment; I don’t blog; I don’t do anything besides wince. The planet is in a horrible state. And I can’t do anything about it. If Mother Earth decides to erupt every single volcano at the same time, how are we to stop it? What would my $10 dollar donation do for the people in Japan?

Some people act in the face of disaster because they don’t want to feel helpless. I’m not one of those.

I don’t pray for the victims. It would be hypocritical to pray for them. I don’t go to church; I haven’t been baptized; I don’t even really believe in God. I believe in a higher power but I am more inclined to believe this higher power will do what it damn well pleases. No amount of praying or begging will change its mind.

The people of the world are suffering. I sympathize but there is nothing for me to do. I donated blood after Katrina. I poured all the change in my pocket into one of those Red Cross donation boxes in Japantown when we visited for dinner.

Would a hundred dollars, a hundred thousand, a million dollars do anything? People are still dead. Loved ones are still gone. All the money in the world won’t bring them back.


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