A call for sanity in the wake of Harvey

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A call for sanity in the wake of Harvey

Roger L. Simon wants to Make Har­vey a Cat­a­lyst for Some­thing Good. Roger reminds us of the Bible,

If you want to blame some­one for Har­vey, blame God. But just be grate­ful it wasn’t worse, as in: “God gave Noah the rain­bow sign, no more water, the fire next time.”

If you look at the WaPo and their like, you would think the entire coun­try is nearly approach­ing civil war, insti­gated by clashes between Antifa and Nazis. My admit­tedly lim­ited expe­ri­ence is that, when I actu­ally think about the hun­dreds of peo­ple I know, I real­ize that I don’t know any­one who actu­ally would par­tic­i­pate in any vio­lent demon­stra­tion as a mem­ber of either group.

I lived for decades in a very lib­eral col­lege town. I attended con­ser­v­a­tive gath­er­ings for years. I have met hun­dreds of peo­ple in the full range of the polit­i­cal spec­trum. Of all the peo­ple that I have kept in touch over the years, no one would admit to being will­ing to par­tic­i­pate in “peace through vio­lence,” at least not to my face.

Instead, I remem­ber dozens of peo­ple who have over the years par­tic­i­pated in acts of great self­less­ness, even hero­ism. Some dur­ing World War II or other wars, some dur­ing nat­ural dis­as­ter relief, some from cir­cum­stances that arose unex­pect­edly or that took time developing.

All of them Amer­i­cans, either by birth or choice.

Deb­o­rah Heine has videos of ordi­nary Amer­i­can heroes in the wake of Harvey’s dev­as­ta­tion; Pat Austin reports that

The Cajun Navy mobi­lized and headed to the Hous­ton area Sun­day afternoon.

And I can go on and on.

I urge you to read Roger’s article,

It’s prob­a­bly hop­ing for too much, but per­haps this “act of God,” hor­rific as it is, will, iron­i­cally, have come along at a pro­pi­tious moment for our coun­try. We have been going through a period of the most extreme divi­sion, dri­ven to a great extent by vir­tu­ally minus­cule polit­i­cal minori­ties that were nearly, or should be, extinct.

Work­ing together to repair a dis­as­ter could and should be just the thing to turn our soci­ety away from this self-​immolating rut (actu­ally it’s worse than that). We can’t — and doubt­less shouldn’t — all head down to Texas to help with the restora­tion, but we can do it with our hearts and minds. Given what has been going on recently, it may be a now or never situation.

This is the chal­lenge of our times.

Read also Ace, Is Amer­ica Now Offi­cially Crazy?

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

Roger L. Simon wants to Make Harvey a Catalyst for Something Good. Roger reminds us of the Bible,

If you want to blame someone for Harvey, blame God.  But just be grateful it wasn’t worse, as in: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water, the fire next time.”

If you look at the WaPo and their like, you would think the entire country is nearly approaching civil war, instigated by clashes between Antifa and Nazis. My admittedly limited experience is that, when I actually think about the hundreds of people I know, I realize that I don’t know anyone who actually would participate in any violent demonstration as a member of either group.

I lived for decades in a very liberal college town. I attended conservative gatherings for years. I have met hundreds of people in the full range of the political spectrum. Of all the people that I have kept in touch over the years, no one would admit to being willing to participate in “peace through violence,” at least not to my face.

Instead, I remember dozens of people who have over the years participated in acts of great selflessness, even heroism. Some during World War II or other wars, some during natural disaster relief, some from circumstances that arose unexpectedly or that took time developing.

All of them Americans, either by birth or choice.

Deborah Heine has videos of ordinary American heroes in the wake of Harvey’s devastation; Pat Austin reports that

The Cajun Navy mobilized and headed to the Houston area Sunday afternoon.

And I can go on and on.

I urge you to read Roger’s article,

It’s probably hoping for too much, but perhaps this “act of God,” horrific as it is, will, ironically, have come along at a propitious moment for our country.  We have been going through a period of the most extreme division, driven to a great extent by virtually minuscule political minorities that were nearly, or should be, extinct.
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Working together to repair a disaster could and should be just the thing to turn our society away from this self-immolating rut (actually it’s worse than that).  We can’t — and doubtless shouldn’t — all head down to Texas to help with the restoration, but we can do it with our hearts and minds. Given what has been going on recently, it may be a now or never situation.

This is the challenge of our times.

Read also Ace, Is America Now Officially Crazy?

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog