Sunday, September 04, 2005
There are no stars that shine as bright as one candle lit in memory of those departed. - Mike Ashley
The above quote may be similar to a noted quote, I don't know, it was just a thought that this picture evoked.
I have been reading a lot of other blogs and the comments people have left at them, and was moved by the out pouring of feelings in wake of Katrina. While I am saddened by the disaster that befell New Orleans and the surrounding areas affected by the hurricane, I have been remiss at stating so.
....I am one of those who has been to New Orleans, many, many years ago, and I am horrified at the pictures of what is left of it. I had the same feelings when I saw the images of the World Trade Center after 9/11. I don't think I am alone when I admit that I seem to be moved most when these tragedies happen to places of which I am familiar. I was not as touched with sadness when that terrible tsunami struck Southeast Asia.
....I feel a little guilty about that.
The lives lost in tragedy or natural causes, for that matter, are no less important. Someone, somewhere, is bearing the grief of lost ones at every one of these "acts of God." I hate that term because it immediately brings to mind great losses.
This posting is a confirmation to myself, I need it every now and then, that I am not without compassion. Anyone's loss is in the end is a loss to us all. How easy it is to forget, to realize that. How many times do I forget that those "numbers" in death tolls are people. Someday, God forbid, myself and any one of us could end up being one of those numbers. In those numbers (do we stop and think?) are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, friends and lovers! Then again, there are enemies; what of them?
If only in the musings of one insignificant digit in the numbers of those unaffected, I have lit my candle to shame the stars.
Curmudgeon responsible for this post: Hale McKay at 3:35 AM