Conspicuous Silence

Some may wonder why I haven’t said anything about the Katrina disaster. And to be honest, I don’t really know exactly why not. I guess it’s just that I don’t have anything deeply original or significant to say. The whole thing just seems too big; it feels like any expression of sympathy from me would just ring shallow. I don’t pray (or encourage prayer), so anything along those lines would just be hypocritical.

And while plenty of folks are assigning blame (not to mention condemning political opponents for imagined assignations of blame), I’m not up for doing so just yet. There’ll be plenty of time for that later. I’ve done more than a bit of my own analysis, but it’s too raw to go into it yet. There’s a very real human toll with which no amount of blather can pretend to compare.

So for now, at the risk of echoing the nation’s all-too-late response, I’ll just direct people to the Red Cross, and ask that everyone do what they can.


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