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In Ruins

Politics and petty religious quibbles aside, if there is one thing that the whole world can come together for right now, it would be joining hands in support of the Haitians – to be precise, of those who are still left to struggle in a doomed country, which historically has always lived under the cloud of evils of different forms. What with western countries meddling with its internal affairs, a country where living itself is a task, much like many third world countries, it is really disheartening to see a natural disaster of this magnitude happen, pretty much leaving nothing for those who survived. Makes you wonder, if those survived ones really consider themselves fortunate or not.

I have been avoiding watching images of the recent aftermath from Haiti – yet in a connected world we live in, it is almost impossible to avoid. For example, I happened to watch a video of CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta treating a 15 day old child – yes 15 day old, who was rescued from a building where the mom died. Now, to say that my heart was wrenched seeing that short clip would be an understatement.But it really made me cry out in silent helplessness – made me realize yet again, the power of nature and that how insignificant all of us are in the grand scheme of things.

Yet, it does not take away the simple fact that those of us who live do not deserve to live a life that pretty much points one in the direction of death with no other ways open. So, why do we all find it hard to help each other? Why do we find it hard not to kill others? Why is it hard to remember that when Nature unleashes, guns and nuclear explosives mean nothing. Of course, I am not looking for answers, as I know there are no real answers.

For now though, I think we can do our part with a click of a mouse – I am sure there are other organizations of your choice. But I donated through the following:


American Red Cross


Besides fantasizing about being a Peter Gibbons at least for a couple of days at my work, I think I have a long way to go to realize some of the other fantasies. But like any ambitious man out there, I will get there! Note: All views expressed in this blog are mine alone and have got nothing to do with my company Cogent IBS, Inc., its employees or any of its affiliates.

4 thoughts on “In Ruins

  1. You said it cant find real answers for those questions, the worst part is, there are some ,who do not know what is happening in Haiti. Its a serious problem only if it comes to oneself, but to others that too if its going to be in some part of the World…who cares.
    Me too..I was trying to avoid seeing News, reading papers, look at us… just sharing that pain is also so difficult for us..It is because we are helpless…
    Again Iam ashamed of saying “helpless”, cos its an excuse . Being a Doctor i feel more guilty whenever i see ,”Medical help in dire need…”
    I am very much willing to go anywhere during these times …if you know few sites, pl let me know…I have enroled with “Doctors without Borders “, and Medihelp in India.
    Just hate to see the pictures of pain, grief , Hunger and cries..The live ones are not fortunate ones, especially if they are small children without any support
    I feel ,at this pace, people would love to welcome the End of the whole world at the earliest, because that would be lot more better than dying with pain, leaving the loved ones or losing the loved ones..
    Followed your way , a small contribution atleast in one of the ways, to satisfy one of the crying cells..Thanks for the Idea.
    Cant even say Lets pray…What to pray and to whom to pray.. I believe a lot in God, but if he loves us, why should He take away innocents? may be there is worst to come, so He is trying to help the innocents this way? however you try, to devise some explanations to calm oneself, its all in vain…
    I will just write this mail, post it and carry on with my next work…Everybody does the same… Nothing can be done, we will have to accept it, try to help as much as we can, try not to hurt others, and just wait for our chance to come..whatever it may be…Thats life..When you talk about such calamities, there is no question of positive thinking…What is positive for a lost life? Cant even think of preventions, plans and all that…before Nature , we are all just dust in the wind, so we will have to try to calm down her in our little known ways
    Thanks to you, as i could pour down something ,a way of sharing the pain, as i understood the pain you underwent on watching those videos…
    A note of consolation,
    your contribution will definitely bring a smile to one family atleast and you have made some people (like me) do the same…Thats a major contribution and achievement from our part,That way we should find contentment and comfort.

  2. I know what you mean about how being helpless is just an excuse. Yes. I completely agree.. It is not easy to get out of our comfort zone to sacrifice our lives to provide help to people in need. But when we hear about someone else doing it, it inspires us.
    You being a Doctor, have options like Doctors without Borders to try out. For a normal person, unless there is an organization he/she can associate with, working out the whole logistics is very complicated and also the safety aspects that come with it should he/she decide to volunteer to go help the people in need. So for me, the easiest thing to do is to provide monetary help.
    Will pass on any information if I run into any organization that you as a Doctor can be part of.

    Thanks for your outpour..We need more people think about human lives like we do. That’s our best hope.


  3. Since it is Sunday, and I have not attended an organized church celebration in quite some time, I find my faith lies in the American people to rush to the aid of the Haitians.

    It is inspiring to see money coming from people who can’t really afford it going to the Red Cross and other relief organizations. Even with a poor economy, people understand that there is a higher priority in the world and they respond to it.

    And yes, other nations are responding as well. It is a shame that the US media concentrates only on the US relief effort. But if you do a search on the internet, you will find that the US effort is in the forefront.

    So on this Sunday, my prayers are for all of the people of Haiti. But I will also offer a prayer of thanks for living in a country which generally rises to the occasion to help other countries when the need arises.

  4. Greg..
    I agree with you 100%. The response from America is really heartening…and I am glad I live here too. And in no other country in the world would you see 2 past presidents (with extremely bitter past) come together at this time of need. I was moved when I saw BC, GWB and BO come together..I don’t think BC and GWB needed to any photo it was genuine.

    I hope the destruction brings some new opportunities for the country to rebuild from scratch.

    Thanks for your kind comments.

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