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27 December 2004 @ 06:40 pm
tidal waves  
i'm watching the news about the tsunami and just about crying. all that devastation... i can't imagine the horror of being there, of how life can be fine one minute and utter tragedy the next. bodies being washed out to sea, people losing their homes, family members, everything. it makes me feel so sad and helpless. i donated some money through red cross (just $ 10, but every bit helps, right?) but i wish there was more that i could do.

how do people repatch their lives after something like this ?

there are so many beautiful things in this world... and so much human sadness and grief. so much richness, so much poverty. while i'm planning to fly overseas and work and travel the world, other people are picking through boards and looking for any remants of their former life that the waves might have left behind. i'm going to the movies tonight and i get to eat popcorn or icecream if i like and laugh with my friends... other people in most parts of the world will be lucky to have clean water to drink tonight.

they're talking on the news about the australian's who were in the countries that were hit by the tsunami's, and what they saw, did etc. those australian's were there on pleasure holidays, enjoying their time away. they were devastated by what happened, most of them have come back early, their holiday plans ruined. but the people living in malaysia, thailand, sri lanka, indonesia, maldives... their homes were ruined. they can't come back to safety, leave the water behind in a memory. some countries have death tolls of 4500 and climbing, and how do you say goodbye to all those people, how do you fill the holes that are left in their absense?

how do we sit here in our luxuries, and not DO anything to make the situations any better? how can we ?

fructiferousfructiferous on December 27th, 2004 08:17 am (UTC)
exactly. :(
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    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on December 27th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC)
i agree.
the problem is not that there's not enough money... just that the wrong people have it, for the wrong reasons.
it disgusts me. reading about celebrities getting paid 15 million $$$ for movies, that sort of thing. like, WTF ??? what can one person possibly do with all that money anyway ? if there's so much to be "thrown away" like that, why can't it be used for some good ?

eep, sorry for the rant... your comment opened up a can of worms ! ;)
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    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on December 27th, 2004 11:48 pm (UTC)
yes !! that shows how fucked up our world's priorities are for sure :(
Roslynroslyn on December 27th, 2004 12:50 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean. I'm feeling very poor post-Christmas but I am going to send $10 as well... which is something, at least, for now. Thanks for the suggestion. <3
remember to breathe: irobotturtles_path on December 27th, 2004 04:42 pm (UTC)
*is heartstriken* i've been holed up in my petty illness and whatnot and had not heard...

what can we do? YOU are doing it! You are thinking and feeling and brainstorming the little actions that give me hope in humanity. every little bit helps and as mentioned before, it DOES all add up. so, keep doing what you're doing, sistah, and be kind to yourself and LIVE your life. that's what we all can do together.

*hugs my heart to your heart*

*runs off to see what i can do with the red cross* as soon as i'm feeling 100% it's time for me to make another blood donation as well.

dangerous & sad-hearted blonde: lonelyemmica on December 27th, 2004 06:45 pm (UTC)
it really sickens me, how unfair the world is. that's why i've decided that i'll become a volounteer as soon as i can; i can't stand sitting here and knowing that 22,000 people have died there and so many people are without a place to sleep.

and you are doing something at least; i think that's very good.

i'm gonna go to a red cross shop tomorrow and donate money or anything.
her garden of lilies & secrets.starlightrayne on December 27th, 2004 08:06 pm (UTC)
i thought that last night. for some reason, we all tend to digest the news and then move on the next second and make coffee or scan through catalogs to see what new cardigan we want. basically, we read the news but we dont let it effect or move us.

the tsunami was extremely terrible, my heart goes out to everyone who lost someone or who lost a life. imagine just swimming and the next moment having a tsunami take over. its scary, especially since i live on the shoreline, i think about how it could happen anywhere.

sorry for the long response, but im glad someone mentioned what happened.
drink meroseinyrteeth on December 27th, 2004 10:52 pm (UTC)
i've been reading about this all morning and there really aren't words for how much i feel what you've written here.