This disaster is different than Hurricane Katrina. People knew Katrina was coming. The unnamed earthquake gave no warning. The devastation caused by both horrific events cannot be compared or measured by degree or with words like "worse". Devastation is devastation. Especially when it happens to you. Loss of life from tragedy or natural disaster is unjust at best. How humans react and behave to, from and after the fact yield what we are made of or not. I'm watching.
It's no secret that Haiti is a poor nation. When you have almost nothing to begin with, how much more can one possibly lose? It's almost impossible to wrap my head around all this. It's not like three years from now everything will be rebuilt and strip malls will welcome the world with open arms and giant sales or Starbucks addicts will be able to get their fixes refilled. It's not that simple.
There is no quick fix for Haiti. I doubt there's even a slow one. If you're down to $7.83 in your checking account in America, you are likely still better off than the majority of the population in Haiti was before the earthquake happened. Think about that.
I often say, "Life can change from one minute to the next. At any given moment, your life can change."
Whether you are living in a country that pisses off another or simply minding your own business on some idle Tuesday afternoon, war or natural disaster can strike and change your life just like that. That it becomes a live TV event that people refuse to watch or are riveted by is one thing. That it doesn't make people realize how random life really is another.
Unless we were personally touched or affected by the earthquake, we will forget how lucky we are or how random life is and what really matters. We'll move on with our lives worrying about the same stupid things that we think are really important to ourselves instead of thinking of the poor people of Haiti and how $7.83 could change their lives from one minute to the next.
We move on because we have to. We move on because we can. Until something else comes along and changes our lives.
Just like that.