I usually try to avoid serious topics on this blog because I don't quite trust my brain after having 5 kids and I would hate to do injustice to anything of importance. That said, I was struck by something I read while keeping tabs on the Haiti situation. So many of the articles talk about the never ending need for aid, while others give reports on the massive outpouring of aid, money, volunteers, militia, and machinery. Some articles highlight individual stories of rescue and hope or despair and confusion. Still others take a long term view of the situation and debate the best way to restore Haiti's economy or discuss the political repercussions of foreign military aid in their country. Amid all of this, though, was a simple quote taken from a, now homeless, 29 year old-mother of two, Sophia Eltime,
"We need so much. Food, clothes, we need everything. I don't know whose responsibility it is, but they need to give us something soon."
I read this and instantly thought, "It isn't any one's responsibility." Nobody has to lift a finger for Haiti, really. The beauty of it all is that everybody wants to help. So many people, private organizations, online networks, foreign governments, professional volunteers, and religious groups are pooling their resources and doing everything they can to "put Humpty Dumpty together again." So it saddens me to read all the reports of those who are angry that aid isn't arriving fast enough, when part of the problem is that so much aid is arriving the airports can't handle the influx (especially because, technically, no one has to send any aid at all). I wonder, no, I sincerely hope that as Haiti heals it will be able to look back and be overwhelmed at the international outpouring of care and kindness it is currently receiving. It would break my heart if they were to look back and accuse, blame, or find fault in the giving.
Now, I understand that the people "complaining" are suffering and in distress and speaking in desperation. I also understand that some of these people are in areas that have yet to get the aid they so badly need. I don't fault them for their pleas. I just cringe at the form the pleas have taken. It is one thing to plea and ask for help, it is another thing to expect, even to demand, it.
I guess I could see a bright side of this by thinking that mankind has grown so much and come so far that kindness and charity are expected rather than hoped for.
What do you think?