From the cowardice that shrinks from new truths,
From the laziness that is content with half truths,
And from the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth,
O God of truth, deliver us.
~ Rabbi Mordechai M Kaplan
I have been overwhelmed with the reports coming out of Haiti today ... scores of wounded people, those with open head wounds and compound fractures, and injured children, walking around in a dazed shock ... too many to help, hospitals all demolished ... make-shift "hospital" in an airplane hangar where folks are using rolled up magazines as splints for broken limbs ... the trapped folks are calling friends/family in the US, on their cell phones, begging for someone to help them before they die, and no one can find them ... there are too many to help...!
Overwhelming ... just overwhelming ...
And then we have those claiming that Haiti deserves this, for having made a "pact with the devil"...! Sigh ... we knew that was coming, no? My friend Kevin had a few things to say about that (& my friend Rob points out that the very same "pact with the devil" that threw the French out of Haiti, also threw the French out of the USA, giving us the Louisiana purchase ... so 1/3 of our nation is due to a "pact with the devil"... Sheesh).
Earlier today, it grieved and perplexed me that while reporters were able to get in to Haiti (for we MUST have coverage!), the relief organizations were not. But I've heard reports of relief now beginning to pour in ... may we all give what we can. Here's a resource for helping, as you're led.
On one hand it blesses me to hear of so many who are ready to give all to help these people ... on the other hand, if we were at war with this particular nation, we wouldn't be doing anything to help them. In fact, the wars we've carried out have caused this much devastation (mostly to women and children, who suffer the most in wars) in other countries ... and we justify it.
Do we not see the imbalance & utter incongruity here...? With one hand we help, and with the other hand we kill ... which of those suffering humans are less precious and deserving of compassion? When will we wake up?