Light vs. Dark  

nightguy1961 55M
3324 posts
9/8/2005 2:38 pm

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Light vs. Dark

And they say that a hero will save us
I'm not going to stand here and wait.
-lyrics from Hero by Nickelback

Watching the events unfold in the aftermath of Katrina has wounded me to my very soul. Not just because of the untold suffering of thousands of innocents, but my lady is from New Orleans. She hasn't had a decent night's sleep since Katrina slammed into the Gulf coast, worrying about her family and friends.

I've heard people slamming the situation(the lootings, the shootings, the slow response, et al). I could let my cynicism take me along for the slam dance. But certain events I observed made me stop and think:

-a man who walked through waist high water to dry land, only to go back almost a hundred more times to bring others to safety.

-the NYC Fire Dept. mobilizing to help out, with the attitude "they helped us after 9/11, we're just returning the favor".

-a couple I know from a chat room whose house was flooded, but loaded a boat with supplies and tried to sail back to NO to help others (way to go Mr. C and anabella).

-the countless others across the country and around the world who have volunteered their time, energy, money, and homes to help out the victims of this diaster.

My cynicism has given way to hope and a belief in humanity. Throughout this dark period after Katrina, there have been beacons of light piercing the darkness. Examples like those listed above and countless others prove that civilized man will overcome the savage man....Blessed Be.

From somewhere in the night, this is the nightguy leaving you with a final thought:

"All the darkness in the universe cannot extinguish the light from a single candle".
- St. Francis of Assisi

rm_urdreamonly 48F
19 posts
9/8/2005 3:31 pm

we just need to remember...
One voice breaks the silence
One flame denies darkness
propels motionOne one step forward


9/8/2005 4:22 pm

You are right to retain hope for humanity in spite of all the failures of our institutions. In the end it is not our institutions that charachterize humanity it is the acts of individuals.

In the story of Sodom and Gemorah in the bible, Abraham asks god if would not spare the city if it contained even just one righteous individual? God conceeded he would not destroy it if even one such man were found there.

The actions of the few determine the fate of the whole. Thank god their are still a few righteous people and that is reason for hope..

bella_ 47F
4030 posts
9/8/2005 5:36 pm

This is a horrible disaster that doesnt make us sit back and think how lucky we really are. I feel for your friend.

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