It’s pathetic really. The panic in America in some circles is already reaching a crescendo. I don’t understand why. First off, panic and rash decision making doesn’t do anybody any good. Secondly, what exactly is there to panic about? Rising prices? That’s ridiculous.

What we should really be doing isn’t topping off our gas tanks and causing gasoline shortages, but thinking about way to help the refugees – and driving less, for once. If ever there was a time to consider someone other then yourself, it’s now.

The Asian tsunami was far worse then Katrina in terms of lives, damage and destruction. Most Americans did not panic. But let a disaster occur here in the holy land, and stupidity is soon to follow. Stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about those people still trapped in New Orleans. Quit worrying about the price of gasoline, there’s not a damned thing you can do about it anyway.

If you’re not already “prepped” with your own preparations, then you could spend a few minutes thinking about this. The hurricane in LA should amply demonstrate that nobody can really help you, you need to learn how to help yourself. But now is not the time to panic. It is not the end of the world. Nor is it the biblical end-times, Apocalypse or doomsday. It a friggin natural disaster and nothing more. Stop panicking and start thinking.

What I find amazing is the ethnocentricity of Americans, who believe the entire universe revolves around them… or should. We are a large and powerful nation, but as is evidenced, we are not without our inabilities to deal decisively and swiftly with disaster. It doesn’t help that many of our National Guard are protecting elitist interests in Iraq, courtesy of the Shrub. Or that Bush is busy strumming his guitar while New Orleans is flooded. But the idea that government is somehow responsible for our salvation, well, that is utterly absurd.

Think about it. When did or does government do the right thing in time? Asking or expecting the federal government to “fix” this problem (that they helped create) is like inviting a thief to dinner. Whatever for?

We are quite capable of resolving this ourselves. Right now, the need is to save the survivors and provide them with a measure of stability, sustenance and safety. New Orleans can be razed or rebuilt (which I don’t recommend). The vermin shooting at the rescue workers and hospitals can be left to kill each other off.

But stop thinking about yourself as you rush off to the gas pump and fill your pots and pans. You’re not helping anybody, you are only exacerbating the situation. So what if gas hits $5 a gallon?? Ride a bike. Get your butt out of bed an hour early and ride to work. It might even do you some good. Stop being so dependent upon the system for your every creature comfort and pleasure, do something for yourself. Spend a little less and save a lot more. You don’t really need that much, not really. Humans have gotten along for millennia on a lot less then what we have today.

It would do Americans a lot of good to cut the fat. Obesity in this country is at an all-time high, with extremely high rates of heart disease, diabetes and other weight-related illnesses. If some of those people in Louisiana weren’t so fat, they could walk out of the danger zone. But the attitude of many is that they are somehow “owed” something while standing around with water up to their necks is ridiculous.

I’m not making light of the situation, but I’d have gotten my butt and my families butt out of there by any means necessary, including walking, swimming, surfing or sailing. The city is a total loss right now and not a safe place to be. But I’m not too fat or too slovenly to consider helping myself either. After getting my family to safety, I’d have then turned around and gone back to help some others escape.

The true heroes in America today are not the military who are off supporting global capitalism, but the men and women rescue workers, including the survivors, who have joined the rescue effort in the aftermath of Katrina, helping those who can’t help themselves.

I don’t have a lot of sympathy for those who refuse to help themselves and point fingers of blame at everyone but themselves. They’re not victims, but opportunists, not really much different then the looters.

This should be a lesson for America and Americans, but how much do you want to bet that some of the first facilities to be rebuilt in the same flood zone will be Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken?


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