January 4th, 2005
|08:27 am - Tsunami, etc.|
I admit. Like fred_smith, I have trouble conceptualizing the Tsunami. I feel disconnected. Obviously, I'm supposed to feel something. Hell, everyone reading this journal seems to be sickened, saddened, or stupified by the thing. About the only "S" word I haven't seen is "sleezy". I think I'm happy that no one feels "sleezy" about the Tsunami.
I gave up worrying about it, though. I don't think it's a failing as a human being. I don't think I'm less of a person. Heck, I don't even think that I'm expected to feel bad about the whole thing.
Is it because I didn't lose a loved one? Is it because I have a really dark sense of humour? Is it because I still haven't mailed out Christmas cards? Is it because I secretly think that these people were dirty and unwashed and could use a good bath? Is it because I'm actually a Republican?
I don't think it's any of those reasons, but then, I'm not known for understanding things.
In the end, I tried to care. I really did. I looked at the pictures, watched the news, and whistled a low whistle at the numbers, shaking my head at the initial offer of $35M of aid. I had all the outward signs of a genuinely caring person. Yet try as I might to care, I failed miserably.
What was my first thought when I heard about the earthquake? "Isn't that near Krakatoa? I'd like to visit there someday." What about when I heard about the tidalwave? "Didn't they expect that?"
I'm sorry, my friends. I just don't feel it.
Think of me what you must.
Current Mood: Lookin' up.
Current Music: "Little Egypt", -JB
|Date:||January 4th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)|| |
The media is also suffering from the same thing...
Virtually no one understands the enormity of this disaster. I was lucky, I spent a year in a university level geology class in grade 11. I have always been facinated by earthquakes, and tsunami's are one of their many results. I may not be an "expert", but I do have some knowledge about the subject.
When they stated it was a 8.9, then a 9.0 level earthquake, I was shocked. I was even more shocked when the numbers of dead came in. They were way to freaking low!
I know the density of the population of the Indian and China Sea areas, I know that for every 1 "civilized" resort area, there are at least 100 additional villages and towns on the coast. I've predicted that it will be a quarter million dead from the initial quake and tsunamis...and between 2 and 6 million dead from the after effects; the hunger, the disease, the injuries...and the wars. Yes, there will be small wars fought over scarce resources.
It's ugly now, but it will get far worse over the next few years.
I wish there was more that I could do...