Why should your sorrow override my happiness?
Social consciousness has to realize that just because there is sadness in one part of the world does not mean we need to override happiness in other parts of the world.
I keep hearing complaints about the hurricane and the Republican convention being held at the same time and it makes me ask, ‘Do I not celebrate my birthday because there is a typhoon in China? Do I not celebrate the birth of my grandchild because there is an earthquake in Peru?
So, why do people criticize the celebration of the Republican convention being held in Tampa, Florida in the wake of a hurricane?
It's not that we need to override happiness. It's just that we need to do more about the things that go wrong. We as a whole. Someone can celebrate their birthday. But the species needs to think as the well-being of the species and we're not doing that. So people get their backs up.
Claims-Advice, I do agree with you that we need to be more aware. I know how difficult it is for me to go out to eat dinner after passing homeless people on the street. So, now my husband and I keep no less than 10 packaged meals that we hand out whenever we come into the path of a person who is hungry. I know I can't help everyone, but I believe we should at least serve where we are. So, if I am where a hungry person is, then I should help them if I can.
I believe in serving and considering other people's plights. My one contention is when people say I should not go out to eat because there are starving people in other countries. So, I ask people why I should not enjoy my meal simply because there are people in the world who are hungry.
Relating it back to the original question, I kept hearing people say that the Republicans should not have held their convention because people were suffering through the hurricane. I want to believe the Republicans had consideration for the people, but I don't agree that they should have canceled the convention.
I think you have a valid point, but I think it's also valid for those in Tampa to be respectful of the people in the path of the hurricane. If there's one thing I've learned in life, it's that when we go through some horror in life) (and people in Louisiana went through a horror that none of us who didn't go through it could ever really understand), we realize that going through a horror is so much more indescribable and complex than we ever would have imagined before going through it. Katrina wasn't just "a regular hurricane". It was its own thing and something most people haven't seen happen in this country in their lifetime. I don't know.... I think (especially since it's the anniversary of the major, history-making, event), being sobered/somber while waiting to see what happens with the storm is appropriate.
Someone's individual birthday is one thing. Katrina was a horror the American people shared (even though only those who were victims of it went through it). The Presidential election is also something the American people share. I think that what they do with the Convention with regard to the hurricane is on a different scale/level than the run-of-the-mill, or individual, event.
Whether it's an anniversary of an awful event that leaves people feeling sober and somber, or the shared concern that something similar could hit the same people again; I pretty much think the threat of the storm puts a big pin in the balloon when it comes to something like the Convention.
I like your point of view. But, I wonder if we should all remain stagnant for something that "might" happen again. I do feel for the people who went through Katrina. In fact, some of them were clients of mine and they had some horrible stories to share. It could all happen again, but I am not sure we should live life as if it WILL happen again. Obviously, people should be concerned and not show disregard, but still carry on with life activities.
Sorry for the slow response... suffering with a few life issues of my own these days.
Your birthday and a typhoon in China aren't connected.
Hurricanes and GOP conventions aren't causally connected, except for the fact that natural disasters are a major test of government response and the "small government, fewer government services" philosophy that the GOP is pushing for, very hard.
It's a little embarrassing to be reminded of the reasons for the programs you're wanting to eliminate or slash (weather satellites that see hurricanes several days out, NOAA, etc).
Also, if people are suffering or losing their homes just up the road from while delegates are dining on caviar, it's a little different than something happening far away.
I thought the convention was delayed and shortened because of the danger to those attending the convention.
Hard to say something Marlene, as you have not yet posted.
I would hope that you would respond with a different angle.
Yes, things seemingly different and away from us will ultimately affect us, but we need not lose our peace. The answer lies in inner strength. I suspect that you may sometimes feel 'pulled under' and it's not really your concern. Or is it?
Have faith, continue to pray, love, serve and you will gradually be strengthened from within. The time will come when the effects of things around will gradually diminish.
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