davidd (davidd) wrote,
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davidd

Callous

Perhaps it seems callous and frivolous to go on about selfish, egocentric, frivolous bits of overall nothingness when thousands of people are being forced out of their homes by storm-driven floodwaters.

Then again... these people chose to live in a city that is six-and-a-half-feet-below-sea-level! Excuse me, but.... hullo?

My house is six-and-a-half-feet above sea level, which ain't very darned far, and fairly close to a large body of water (Pacific Ocean), and situated in a potential hurricane zone. The thing is, I am aware of this fact. I have to pay humongous FEMA flood insurance premiums because of this... which are going to go WAY FREAKING UP yet again to cover the costs of rebuilding half of the southern United States. It's not an if, but a when, that my house will be seriously damaged or destroyed by the untamed forces of nature. When it happens, though, while it may be nice of y'all to say, "oh, gee, sorry to hear that, hope you're okay," I trust that nobody will spare me too much grief and will simply move along with your own lives. In fact, if people were to say, "y'know, after that Indian Ocean tsunami, I woulda moved," I'd certainly see their point.

What's my point? It's that, you know, six-and-a-half-feet-below-sea-level, people! It's not like you're a hundred miles inland like Death Valley. You can't tell me you didn't see this coming! How oblivious can somebody be! It's like, the graveyards there have above-ground tombs because even under normal conditions, the coffins will float out of the ground!

While I mourn the loss of life, and while I'm sure the loss of property is upsetting, I gotta look at it realistically. We have choices. If I don't want my stuff to get wet, I can move to Mililani. If you don't want your stuff to get wet, you can move to Arkansas. If we choose to do otherwise, well, we have to understand the risks.

So, I'm not going to defer my petty sniveling over my own little problems just because a bunch of people made an ill-advised lifestyle choice. I do not expect anyone else to lose sleep when my house floats away, either.

-- End of Selfish Rant --

Note: The Indonesian tsunami situation is a little different. Those people are really, really impoverished, they don't have a social infrastructure to support them, and in many cases their educational opportunities are limited. Those people didn't really have a choice. For those people, I weep.
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