Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hell in Heaven

The pictures and reports from Haiti are beyond belief. I cannot imagine how the people who live there are feeling. These are a people who, in the eyes of the Western World had nothing before the earthquake and now have even less than that. Many people have lost whole families and it must feel impossible for those left behind to continue living. And yet people will; will continue to salvage from the wreckage of their lives some semblance of normality, will strive to continue living for those who have passed on.

Aren’t we incredibly lucky in this little country of ours? The odd big freeze up and the occasional flood. But no earthquakes, typhoons, hurricanes or tsunamis – not even a monsoon. More food in our bellies and money in our pockets than over 80% of the world’s population. The luxury to sit and argue about politics, economics, to pursue artistic or sporting interests or to spend quality time with loved ones. To enjoy a fine sunset or a beautiful view and to feel at one with our environment.

So let’s stop complaining and start appreciating what we do have. We have no right to bemoan pay packet cuts or tax increases when the bulk of the world’s population exists on what most of us spend on a lottery ticket at the weekend. We have a responsibility to others less fortunate than ourselves and to these peoples we must contribute in any way we can.

And stop bloody moaning.

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