Thursday, December 30, 2004
Sunny and mild
The death toll has passed 114,000.
It would be nice to see the world working together to help, instead of what’s happening, with factions sniping at each other about money.
All the individuals I know are doing whatever they can to help. And lots of individual efforts combine to make a difference. So why can’t politicians shut their damn mouths for once and act? If some of them would actually put their asses onto an airplane and get over there and do some work – not just walk around, having a “tour” and handing out a half dozen water bottles and getting themselves photographed with survivors, but roll up their sleeves and work for a few weeks, I might have some respect for them.
I’m tired of empty words, empty lies, with nothing to back it up. If you’re going to talk the talk, walk the walk.
While it’s natural for such overwhelming grief to turn to anger, I hope a way is found to channel the anger into action that will actually help the survivors. Get in physical supplies, get in sanitation capacity and clean water, keep the people who managed to survive this disaster alive. Get hospital ships out there that can self-sustain so that the dead can be taken care of without putting the living into more danger.
Don’t let more people die because a bunch of politicians are flapping their yaps in comfort instead of doing something.
I have to go into the city to run an errand. Will try to get some work done on the serials. I plan to clear off my desk before the year turns.
Did some more work on the Goals, Dreams and Resolutions and will post the result on Saturday morning. Tomorrow, I will look back at this year an evaluate it.
The article on About.com is getting a positive response. Let’s hope I can do the Lindisfarne article so it gets a similar response.
I’ve been spinning out storylines for Hereafter, and I’m not satisfied with any of them. Outlining is damned hard for me. But it’s a skill I better hone, so I have to sit down and do it. Maybe I can work on the outlines while I’m riding the train.
Part of me feels that I shouldn’t do anything except concentrate on relief aid. What I have to do is balance doing what I can for the relief efforts along with keeping my life on track. If I veer too far in either direction, life will get off-center and the results will be detrimental to both sides of the equation. By keeping in balance, positive progress can be made on both fronts.
I always feel exceptionally unbalanced at this time of year anyway, so it’s even more of a challenge than usual. And writing about work with relief efforts in this blog feels like I want some sort of recognition for it, when all I want to do is show up, do the work, and be anonymous. It’s not about me doing the work. It’s about the work getting done.