Look: maybe this isn't the right time to make this point, but I feel moved to make it, so here goes...<br><br>Speaking as a 'minister of religion' (read: ordained buddhist) there's one thing I'm familiar with. In most situations, but especially in times of disaster or crisis, people look for someone or some organisation to be mum & dad. It's a natural thing (and, in my opinion, the driving force behind the longing for an ID, to go cross-topic).<br><br>So now there's this terrible natural disaster, lots of damage, lots of people dead, lots of people homeless/injured/sick/starving, some people gone just plain crazy or lawless, and people are frightened and angry. But it seems to me that some of the anger doesn't really belong to the people or organisations it's directed at. What I'm getting at is that in any complex situation, but most particularly in a situation like this, there isn't anyone who really knows exactly what's going on, and what to do about it. How could there be? Hundreds of thousands of people involved, so much going on at once, there's just no way for anyone to be the archetypal parents who can swoop in and make it all better. Not even the people who are actually on the spot could take in all that's happening at once down in NO and the area right now, let alone while it was all going down in the first place.<br><br>Alright. If people are negligent, that's something to get angry about. If the intertwine of politics local/state/federal (I'm a Brit, so I don't know just how complex all that really is) really gets in the way of providing help as quickly as possible, that's something to get angry about, and try to change. But be realistic. Heroes just taking over the show and getting things done only really happens in simple situations, or in movies - in real life you need a granular plan - what to do in the immediate area, what you need set up elsewhere to help that happen, where to get that help from. And it takes time to find out what's actually happening (and that's changing from hour to hour) before you can work out how to respond. And no-one can 'run the show', because it would take too long to get them informed about all the variables - it's got to be more like a net. And hundreds of thousands of people all over are trying to help do that, and you know what it's like trying to get loads of people coordinated - especially when they're freaked out and spread over several thousand miles. <br><br>So what I'm saying is, if you're going to be angry, be angry, but don't be angry at anyone for not kissing it better. Direct your energy towards helping, and towards making the system better in the future.<br><br>Yeah, easy to say. I feel weird as hell writing all this. I'm sat in my little house in England this morning (and in 4 hours I'm getting married, for goodness' sake) and all those people in the US are on my mind (I've a friend in NO who made it out, I hear). Getting married has left me pretty broke, but I'll do what I can about giving some money today. Meanwhile, let's just all assume none of us knows the full story, and try to help. today I get to be happy and sad at the same time, however one does that.<br><br>Love from Padmavyuha x<br><br>[color:purple]A lopsided man runs best along the little side-hills of success<br>- Frank Moore Colby</font color=purple>
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My thoughts exactly. I hate arm chair critics putting the blame here and putting it there. NO ONE knows what has been going on behind the scenes and all the circumstances of these situations. Instead of criticizing, there should be praying.<br><br>Congratulations and may you have a life of wedded happiness! <br><br><br>For Mike
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