Disaster And the
Test of Human Conscience
- Oliver O.
Disasters do occur in life but sometimes the strain of certain disasters on the human psyche leave very severe and lasting impact, yet from the ruins of such hopeless and disastrous situations, heroes and angels rise. The human conscience is tested for its true nature and sometimes the seeming worst adversities of life become opportunities that bring out the true humane nature of man as a being of love.
Every once in a while, such incidents like the Hurricane Katrina disaster of August 29, 2005 in the Louisiana/Mississippi area, occur and leave the average person overwhelmed, flabbergasted, and bewildered. At such times the ordinary mind would ponder and wonder endlessly seeking for answers that seem to never come. Some would embrace the situation and do the best they can, others may dismiss it as insignificant while others may yet fail to live up. Regardless of anyone’s position or perspective, the pain is tough for those directly affected, and it could take long for the Physical, psychological, emotional, and physiological wounds to heal, yet, it is noteworthy to recognize the triumph of the beautiful humane side of man over the ugly and inhumane in such times of trial and tribulation.
Regardless of the casting of blames and the regrettable acts of a few, there were many humane stories to tell than can ever be written. Stories like the medical practitioner who took his stock of private medicine and drove from out of town to treat the victims in New Orleans; the paramedics who wore worked endlessly without going home for days; those who offered their apartments for people affected by the disaster. The families that came together and cooked food for starving victims; those who provided clothing, shelter and food in many other ways to the victims; those who have donated and those still donating to help care for the victims of the disaster. There are more and more positive stories in the face of one of the most disastrous hurricane of our time.
Once again, man is reminded of his true nature as a divine being. Once again, love, kindness, selflessness, care, affection, compassion, sharing, and giving are set to triumph over hate, brutality, greed, cruelty, decadence, and selfishness. Once again man is given the opportunity to prove himself as a being of love.
- With sympathy to all those affected by the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
©Oliver O. Mbamara,
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Oliver Mbamara is an Administrative Law Judge with the State of New York.
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