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January 4th, 2005


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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: hopefulLookin' up.
Current Music: "Little Egypt", -JB

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From:ninjer
Date:January 4th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
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My first thought with the tsunami was "don't those always happen after big earthquakes?"

It sucks to know someone who died, but really, yeah- the death toll is so high now that I have no way to imagine it.

It's like Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That must have sucked. It must have scarred the national identity of Japan. Or the firebombing of Dresden. I imagine that was a literal Hell on earth. But that kind of destruction and death is of such a magnitude that I have no way to think about it except as a very vague, undisturbing concept.

I don't think this is a human failing. I think it'd be more of a failing if everyone knew exactly what 100,000 dead bodies looked like.

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