A couple of weeks ago we wrote: “One of the worst weeks experienced by the entire world is ending. We don’t have a lot of hope for the one beginning Sunday/Monday…And yet, and yet… We’ve asked several friends on an ad hoc basis their emotional reactions to what seems to be spinning around the globe. Have they succumbed, become wary of getting out of bed in the morning? Astonishingly, no.
“There is a reason as we watch news broadcasts from Mexico, that our hearts are in our mouths, our eyes tearful, our emotions totally engaged. It’s one thing to know that America has a record of success, of overcoming obstacles, of fixing things. It’s something else to know that Mexico has almost none of the infrastructure (even though our own is in deep disrepair) or facilities, or equipment to overcome and survive. What Mexico has in spades is belief, love, determination, kindness.
“Of course with Dear One excoriating that entire nation for sins for mission and commission, some might feel justified in minimizing sympathy. But seeing our southern neighbor as humans struggling against a Nature that for centuries has targeted it for destruction fighting back with human chains of men and women digging, supplying , searching and rescuing reminds us of how incredibly fortunate we in this country have been.
“We believe, as we watch scenes in Puerto, Florida, Texas, that Mother Nature has met her match on these shores. We are convinced that our government will be able to save, salvage and rebuild. It has in the past and, God willing, will in the future. This confidence allows us to send sympathy along with equipment, water and food. And our hearts.”
Misperception Number One.