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BACK DOOR BOY IN A FRONT DOOR WORLD
OUTSIDE OF SOCIETY - THAT'S WHERE I WANT TO BE
Dear Americans: YOU HAVE NOTHING TO COMPLAINT ABOUT RIGHT NOW. 
7th-May-2008 02:37 pm
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100,000 may have died in cyclone
The situation in cyclone-devastated Myanmar is becoming "more and more horrendous" and the death toll in the nation's delta region alone could top 100,000, said Shari Villarosa, the top U.S. diplomat in Myanmar.
I don't even have words for how this makes me feel, I don't believe there are any.
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7th-May-2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
The U.S. Campaign for Burma is maintaining useful links of all the breaking stories on this catastrophe.

Avaaz.org -- MoveOn.org's international partner -- is promoting donations through the International Burmese Monks Organization.

Thank you...
8th-May-2008 01:10 am (UTC)
thank you so much for posting this. I'm going to post these in my journal.
7th-May-2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
I can't believe how devastating this is.

I heard on the news that a lot of Burmese immigrants in the Bay Area are a bit peeved at our Fearless Leader. They said something along the lines of, "you couldn't help during Katrina, but we're sending aid immediately to Burma?". I get their thought process, but it doesn't make the totals any less horrifying.
7th-May-2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Yep. You're right.
7th-May-2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
just a horrific situation :(
7th-May-2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
We have plenty to complain about.

They just have more.
8th-May-2008 01:09 am (UTC) - thanks for posting this
Nature is grand and powerful and frightening. It reminds me that no, we are not in charge here. . Not even a little. Human suffering is truly heartbreaking. In the face of well planned genocide, we blame the evil that dwells in the hearts of man. In the face of arbitrary natural disasters, there is no place to lay blame. Some are unconscious enough to blame a god or blame the very innocent people left broken in the wake of such destruction. I think these things happen for no reason, it's just the rumblings of Nature doing its thing, and we are merely in its path. But we, as humans, need to make reason, and, if we reason well, something beautiful happens... we open our hearts and try to ease suffering. When things are at their worst is when humanity has the chance to rise above its mundane self and really become a vessel of compassion, healing, love, caring, and generosity. We don't look to heaven; we look inward and become answers to people's prayers. We are the light of the world. I hope we can all shed that light on these people in peril and reach beyond political and geological borders to allow the healing to begin.

When terrible things like this happen I no longer ask questions like why is there suffering; I look into my heart and ask what can I do that can help ease the suffering. We are then galvanized, through love and caring, into something as powerful as arbitrary destruction: deliberate compassion and reconstruction. Together, we can act as a force of nature. We can help mend broken lives.

I look forward to being able to help in any way I can.
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