Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haiti - The Deaths That Should Not Be

It is eerie to me that I have just concluded my social/technology experiment, only then to have something like the Haitian earthquake occur, which showcases my very point in a way that is so tragic and sad, that if this doesn't give you pause and reason to think about a better way to do things, nothing will.

I am saddened by the events which have rocked, literally, the island country of Haiti. Last night a massive earthquake wreaked havoc on this island, and the death toll will undoubtedly be staggering. What pisses me off the most is that so many of these deaths could have been prevented.

It's one thing when deaths happen as a result of war, or brutal governments. It's another thing when nature causes deaths as it continues its natural ebb and flow. We have the technology, thanks to science and engineering advancements, to prevent buildings from collapsing during earthquakes. We have the capability to protect infrastructure from hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. In most cases, we have the ability to predict when disasters will happen and brace for them, but more importantly is our ability to protect ourselves from them when they surprise us.

Why then do we not use that technology throughout the world to ensure that, at the least, natural disasters don't claim the lives of innocent men, women and children, or drastically reduce the number of those killed? Because they are poor? Really? Is the value of human life directly dependent on the amount of money someone has? Do any of you seriously believe this to be true? If so, you are not human. There is no reason whatsoever that human life should be lost to natural disaster in a world so full of knowledge, innovation and technology.

For the record, I'm an Atheist. I don't have an attachment to any God, Religion or Doctrine to guide my moral compass, but I sure as hell know what feels right and what is right. Why then, in a world dominated by such religious conviction (no matter the faith), do we even remotely allow things like this to happen, knowing full well we are capable of preventing such catastrophic losses of life? Do you worship God, or "In God We Trust?"

I don't give a damn about cost. I don't care about monetary value or investment return. When did we become a people whose bottom line is more important than doing the right thing? I'm not suggesting people can't play the game to make the best of it, but if any company or business is making billions of dollars in profits AFTER covering all expenses, including reinvestment into itself to make it better, then why can't we press them to make "Earth as it is in Heaven," as the Lords prayer mandates? Why don't we urge people to do the right thing before the disaster happens, and help all impoverished countries protect themselves against the unwavering forces of nature by fortifying their infrastructure on the most basic level?

This is not about giving something to someone who doesn't deserve it. This is about helping to significantly reducing the number of deaths under conditions we have the capability to protect against. It's our duty as humans to use our knowledge, our technology and our compassion to help others before bad things happen, not just afterwords. In your heart, you know this is the right way of thinking. Will your actions and words suggest the same?


Marcel F. Williams said...

Humans live in a very fragile environment. Nuclear war or a large asteroid impact could turn the whole world into a Haiti. That's why we need to prepare for the future by beginning to expand human civilization beyond our planet of evolutionary origin.

Let's hope international aid can finally help a new Haiti emerge from the aftermath of this disaster: a new Haiti where every child gets a quality education so that a poor country can finally become a rich one.

Douglas Mallette said...

I support that thought process, that's for sure!

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