Two Different Approaches to Disaster

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In the year spanning from August 2004 until the following August, Florida was struck with eight major hurricanes.

In that same time period of time , hurricane Katrina  also struck  New Orleans and the surrounding area.

Florida was struck with eight hurricanes and each time the citizens didn’t wait for someone to come and save them, they grabbed chain saws and hammers and began to put their world back in order. The Floridians did eventually receive help from the government and other agencies, but when the help did come, they were well on their way to creating a once again normal life.

In New Orleans, it was a different story. Many cowered in a football stadium, unable and unwilling to help themselves or others around them. The press flocked in like Neanderthal invaders to cover the story, making the situation worse. Most people roamed the streets looting, burning and instead of helping the dire situation, spent most of their time blaming Bush, in the meantime wasting valuable time better spent improving their lot in life.

The end result? In a relatively short time Florida was up and running again, better and newer than before. Many old neighborhoods that had been destroyed were now rebuilt and flourishing.

New Orleans, not so much, ten years later many neighborhoods still lie in rubble, the residents are still blaming Bush. When are they going to stop blaming a politician for their ills and actually do something to improve their own lives?

Hopefully, sooner or later, people will learn to not depend on the government and others to fix their world for them. When a problem or disaster arises, it’s better to grab a hammer and begin fixing your world. It doesn’t do anyone any good to cower in fear and wait on someone to fix it for you

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.

It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.


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