new orleans - lost  

Ocean_Lite 37F
24 posts
9/1/2005 12:27 pm

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new orleans - lost

i know i dont really "talk" when i add an entry. but i have to right now. i dont watch tv really. i dont have the time. im working on my phd and i have a one year old. but lately ive been talking to some friends who keep asking about my feelings concerning new orleans hurricane. i told them i thought it sucked. this morning i got onto cnn.com i sat here and read. making no effort to calm myself down i raged at whats happening to our country and to our people. im not naive. ive been told that over and over. sometimes i wish i was. but i dont understand. i dont understand why this is happening. i dont understand why america has a president that is more concerned with iraq and its people than those he calls his own. i dont understand how this president can send one of my closet friends to Afgan. on sunday but can be on vacation while 1000s of people are lost and starving and dying. i dont understand why people want others to hurt. i dont understand how this president is still in office. my son will be 2 in january. if someone tried to stop me from getting help or out of a situation like these people in LA, i would go insane. (im not sure i can say what id ACTUALLY do to them on here but im sure you all - - especially with children can understand what that would be).
to use this disgusting and horriying disaster for economical gain is beyond me. to cause human suffering by any means, whether they be monetary or outright harm is unfathomable to me.
so what can we do? how do you get a man out of power who shouldnt be in power. how do you save mankind from a fate that seems to have already been determined. how do you take something so broken and missing and fix it. to borrow millers idea from "the hour of man", what would happen if for only 2 minutes...no more, no less....only 2 minutes, what would happen if every human being in this entire universe (given the exception of doctors - patients - women in labor and such) stopped and looked at this world for what it is. looked at this world and wanted to fix it. what would happen if everyone took a moment and instead of hurting someone they did the opposite. what if people didnt hit thier kids for one day. what if people didnt hate for one day. what if people didnt hurt someone for one day. fuck one day. ill take one hour


rm_bodmancurt69 47M

9/3/2005 8:05 am

True! We are a lost people in a land that is dominated by corporations and the need for money. You can consider Washington as the pillars of Zion. It is without a doubt the New Babylon. Many non-believer's out there. We have been forgotten by our government and seperated though disinformation. I served my country from 87-91. I fought Just Cause in Panama in the Infantry Unit of 5/87th. I seen my friends bleed red for the this country for nothing. All over a canal that we didnt want to lose and lose our toehold in Central America. Yes, we are headed down that long and winding road in to abyssmal chaos. Slowly but surely, our leaders have pissed away our heritage and our finances to the point we are living on borrowed time. Our country sits on the edge of a precipice dangling by life lines that seek to be severed without merit. Bush has led us into a sad "State of Affairs." Bush has slowly sought to pacify America and seperate the people just so he can do his bidding in the world. Is he a precursor to the United States falling apart and becoming a police controlled state? Yes, there is probably no doubt of this. I served this country with great honor and left the army in 91. My Father was a 30 year man. I had no qualms about quiting the army. It made no sense to serve a government that doesn't serve the people. Take the time to speak to your neighbor, Take the time to love your kids, take the time to teach them what is right and wrong, and you shal reap at least the benefits of living for them and making life just a little better for all around you. It is hard to sit and watch our country be ripped apart at the seams, but we are pacified it is to true. My heart and my love goes out to those that sit and watch the news every night wondering if their sons and daughters shall return home to them safely. The President and our leaders have made grievous errors that we may never recover from. Please learn to be conservative people and we will survive this. Walk away from our gluttoneous ways and we shall walk make it better in the end. God Bless, Curtis


rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
9/3/2005 10:45 pm

I agree Ocean, humanity has come a long way but we still have a long way to go.

Unfortunately, life and security are fragile for everyone; it is the nature of our existence. The only redeeming hope we have is that there will be those around us that will help us when we are in need.

It never works that all suffering and need will be taken care of, although our generation enjoys more security in much of the world then any other generation in history.

It seems to me that most people will do good things to alleviate suffering when they are aware of it. However all sorts of human nature traits interfere with humanity's ability to eliminate unnecessary suffering and to be able to always react as quickly as we should. If we long for a better world we must each be willing to do what we can to alleviate the suffering of others on a regular basis. We must ask why, when we fail to act quickly enough or actively enough to help others who are suffering.

When we quit caring more about what Britney, Angelina, and Brad are doing or wearing we will be better able to see those who share our world. We must be able to accept our own insecurity in this existence, so we can look honestly on the suffering of others and not feel overwhelmed and thus immobilized. We should all do what we can to help others on what ever level we can without judging others on how altruistic they are.

It is also the nature of human suffering that when you help those that are suffering you might feel happiness but you also bring the reality of suffering into your own soul.

In my opinion, we must also be willing to punish with extreme prejudice those that knowingly take actions that harm others in the midst of profound suffering.

We should not allow our thoughts and voices on this to be softened as the decades pass.

Thank you for your post Ocean.

Best wishes

Always,
Luke

"My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He wrote: 'In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.'"
~Quote by Robert Kennedy in his speech after learning of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death.~


S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo
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~Dante~


rm_dbfp 44M
3 posts
12/12/2005 12:03 am

While I understand a lot of the frustration, everyone is feeling. Believe me I have felt it as well, I just wonder if some of it isn't misplaced. I have always tried to look at all sides of the equation. There are usually more than two sides to every story.

Take the Gulf Coast Region for example, many want to place the blame soley on the federal government. While they share some blame, I do know that the state and local governments carry the majority of the blame. Having several years of experience with Emergency Services, I know that the feds won't come to a state emergency unless invited. In the case of Katrina, they weren't invited until well after it became apparent there was a problem.

I continuously hear and see people complain about things that our government is doing. Do I agree with a lot of these points, yes I do. In fact, I feel that power unquestioned is power unchecked. However, I fail to hear any viable solutions to the problems that plague our world today.

When people try to take a proactive approach to helping their communities, they are labeled in a negative light. What humboldthonni fails to realize, is that many of thos Homeland Security positions are response personnel. The same type of response personnel, in case another event like 9/11 occurrs.

Do I have all the answers? Do I trust my government completely? Not even close. However, I just try to do what I can to make my corner of the planet a better place. It has to be enough...all I ask is that people not judge those of us who support a more proactive approach...


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