a second class disaster
Not to diminish what happened today 6 years ago with the incredible loss of near 3000 lives in NYC, I defer most of my compassion to that event towards the events still happening here in New Orleans two years after the storm. When I illustrated the devastation of Katrina in another forum, the loss of over 1600 lives here, the quarter of a million homes destroyed, the continual struggle to rebuild lives and homes and psyches, I was completely shot down.
“Oh but you are comparing disasters?”
“How dare you do that? New Orleans was a man made disaster, NYC was mass murder”
“Wow you are bitter”
See the response? I rest my case – there IS no compassion left for this town…
Unless you are living through the hell of New Orleans, scraping to rebuild, enduring third world services or lack thereof, trying to hang on to that last shred of sanity, there is hardly a speck of empathy shown to New Orleanians compared to what is given to NYC. That is what is different, ground zero on 9/11 affected lives, two high rises and people’s consciouses, 8/29 drowned them, uprooted them, scattered them everywhere with no way to return to their homes and destroyed an entire city that is nowhere near whole. Likewise, it is hard to give back compassion to an event so far away while living in the disaster zone.