“He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self.” -Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.

     Now is the time for a moment of silence. Five years ago Sunday, thousands of homes, businesses, and lives were devastated by the catastrophe known as Hurricane Katrina. As I was watching the broadcast commemoration this morning, I found myself swallowing a dry lump in my throat. One thousand, eight hundred thirty-six men, women, and children confirmed dead; one thousand, eight hundred thirty-six citizens leaving a long day of work, elders babysitting their children’s children, little boys and girls running inside from kickball at the first sign of strong winds. The saddest part is, many of their memories may simply be forgotten in history because of the desensitization of the public by the mainstream media granting this travesty with excessive airplay followed by an elongated span of nothing…at…all.

     Let us be frank, when one brings up Hurricane Katrina to most, the response is, “Wasn’t that like… a long time ago?” Or, “Oh yeah, that was really sad. So, you wanna grab pizza?” What is it in specific about our modern day media that does such an effective job of eliciting extreme emotion followed by a numb apathy from American citizens? Or is this in fact the American nature? Human nature? I pray that it isn’t; that we haven’t devolved into such sedated beings, so anesthetized by Zanax, Zoloft, and Adavan that we can’t feel true compassion for common man longer than a 60-minute news segment. Longer than MTV cares. Longer than it’s hip to feel

     Now is the time for a moment of silence. A true pause from Facebook applications, Twitter updates, and continuous stream music playlists. Please, take a minute away from texting, the new Office episode, and planning for Friday night drinks. One thousand, eight hundred thirty-six lives were confirmed lost this weekend, five years ago. May our hearts and minds for sixty seconds reach out to these souls – feeling as humans, loving as spirits, and uniting as one.


1 Response to “Silence”

  1. August 31, 2010 at 3:30 am

    It’s interesting that we show respect to someone or something with a moment of silence, when at the same time, silence can be one of the most disrespectful attitudes when there is a problem.

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