Recent tremors on the Haitian turf are more than just a calamity. These shocks are nature’s one among many signs to mankind as its face-off with the macrocosm. While I am perturbed on the enormity of this catastrophe, I feel such ruckus is more than an augment eye opener. Sometimes it may even look like a nature’s time out to us. Such natural disasters and many others speak deeper than just being earth’s scientific currents that can shake mankind. Dreadful and distressing, yet in a unique manner they caution humanity. Robert Creamer’s article on Huffington Post, ‘It Is Our Moral Responsibility to Help Haiti-And Its In America’s Interest’ seemed to share this in an idiosyncratic manner. He writes about how Haiti was starting to dream through socioeconomic changes and infrastructural prospects and how badly it stands now amid turmoil. However, a ray still exists when he says that Haitians have not lost hope, which is a blazing lesson that an injured and agonized nation can teach us all.
Also, Robert’s resurrecting theme in his article, in a way, is an alert that we shouldn’t have to wait for a crisis to happen in order to recognize the cognizance of global unanimity. Why does an earthquake have to motivate us to reach out to the world’s poorest nation? And how many of us even knew this about Haiti before? As a rescue mission, most countries today are at Haiti’s beck and call but what happens when the situation normalizes. Are we going to internalize and learn something this time or will it be slowly fading away like the Tsunami crisis. In my view, a ‘help is on the way’ action should not be bounded by such calamitous events. Such thinking should rather be reinforcement for change locally and globally to appreciate the distinctiveness that each of us or each nation has to offer and the synergy that we can create together. This is also a facet that Robert Creamer shares when he encourages America to rebuild Haiti for the price of few CEO bonuses or F-22 fighters. His words unfold us once again to the law of co-existence. Working towards minimizing the poverty gap, starting with individual effort in our neighborhood or community can slowly be motivational for fellow countrymen. Similarly, encouragements towards collective contribution in human and intellectual development on a global scale are potential ways that can rebuild Haiti and also hope for other poor nations around the world. Such humanitarian state of mind and state of a country as a social contagion can certainly echo change and navigate us in a new direction.
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