Sunday, September 11, 2005

Reality Check

Nothing like a bit of introspection now and then, is there? In light of recent events, I suppose I've done my share of it. And I've come to the conclusion that I come up short.

Bitching about having a supplementary job that pays, while so many out there are without the means to support basic needs. About inconveniences encountered in getting a second car when others have to rely on public transportation, or god forbid, their own power to get anywhere - those that have the ability to do so at least. How about whining about difficulties in acquiring a home - and a damn nice one at that, when how many thousands no less deserving are now homeless, having lost everything they own to something they had absolutely no control over. Or perhaps complaining about difficulties with family, hmm? At least I still have mine, all in relatively good health and well-being.

How petty.

How selfish.

How typical.

So yes, while I am disappointed in many after the past two weeks circus -- the government, federal and local, the politicians and pundits using the disaster to forward their agendas, the press - ever the vultures they, the looters, the snipers, anyone who has had the ability to do something to help themselves but would rather sit and whine and point fingers instead, and everyone too caught up in themselves to spare a moment of pity for those less fortunate than themselves -- I think I'm probably the most disappointed in myself.

No, we shouldn't have to put our lives on hold for an endless spate of mourning. That isn't how life works. Like it or not, those able to, do go on. None of us are so important to the Grand Celestial Plan or whatever you'd like to call it, that the world will stop entirely to pay our personal tragedies mind.

I can't help but think though, that at least for a while, perhaps long enough to give those in need a hand, we should put aside our more petty issues, agendas, blame-games, and whines. Perhaps toss in a bit of re-evaluation and a thought or two for the Bigger Picture. And with that in mind, two links to people who have done a much more succinct job of putting thoughts down that pretty much sum up thoughts that have been going through my head since this all began.


Tim spells it out.

If you have the means, do something. You don't have to be a superhero, you don't have to put yourself or your family in financial burden, you don't have to put your life on the line like others out there are. Just do something.

Even if it's just stopping the useless bitching that isn't helping anyone for a while.

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