Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Storm Too Weak

"Too much media hype!"

"Overreacted!"

"Inconvenience for no reason!"

A hurricane hit Vermont with a force that killed and destroyed. Today homes are still without power. Trees lay across homes in violent sleep. Bridges are washed away. Lives are in shambles. Yet masses complain that actions were too extreme. They were inconvenienced.

We seem to forget, don't we? We seem to forget that if one person suffers, if one town is in peril, if one home is destroyed, it could be us. To what extent do we go to protect our families? What would you do to protect your grandchild, your child, your community, your country? We have seen what has happened with the tsunami in Japan and Thailand. We have seen what damage earthquakes create. We have seen the damaged caused by violent storms that wipe out schools, Joplin, Missouri. We have seen volcanoes spew storms of ash and rock that crushed homes, cars, Spirit. We have seen famine and war destroy families, countries. Why do we turn a blind eye? Why do we believe that if we are not affected, actions are too extreme, too much hype?

I was in Indiana when a storm came through ripping tree roots from the ground. Live wires crossed the streets. Houses and cars were smashed. Neighbors known and unknown stopped to ask if they could help. Neighbors helped to drag away the debris. Friends helped friends clean up the damage. Where is this concern and neighborliness that once prevailed.

Governors, mayors, our President risked a great deal by making decisions for the safety of the people. They prepared for the worse hoping they would not need to say the words, "We just weren't prepared."

Firemen swam to a fire because the road was washed out. Police cars roamed the streets to secure the well-being of citizens. Ambulances and other emergency vehicles were driven by courageous men and women who put duty first. Yet, we criticize those in power because the storm wasn't worse. What is wrong with people?

I thank those people who make the hard decisions and who make them on the side of caution. I thank those people who rush into collapsing buildings to save the occupants and yet are not remembered once the job is finished. I thank the National Guard who protects our shores and our homes when tragedy strikes. I thank the firemen and women who daily put their lives on the line. I thank the police who don't think twice when faced with potential danger. I thank the politicians who make decisions not for the powerful but for the people.

Why are people upset when a storm doesn't do enough damage?

2 comments:

  1. We overprepared for Irene but for the grace of God and 20 miles east, we could have been devastated. So we prefer to think if as well prepared, not over.

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  2. Glad you were safe. I would call it well prepared, but there are many saying it was over the top. How can it ever be over the top?

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