I cannot believe how quiet things are here on the west coast with respect to the hurricane. I'm shocked, frankly. When the tsunami hit, everyone was talking about it, talking about relief, pouring out their hearts.
Why, when the disaster of similar circumstances hits at home, do we suddenly fall silent? Sure, the news is talking about it, but they'll give the same amount of coverage to the Jackson trial, so that means little. Why isn't everybody on the street talking about this disaster more? My god, A CITY IS UNDER WATER! People have gone literally days without food or fresh water, and it seems like people are so blase about this.
One person I know just refuses to watch any coverage of it, doesn't want to hear a thing, and when you try to discuss it, says that they got what they deserve because they knew the city was below sea level and didn't do anything about it. It's beyond my ability to understand how we can be so numb to this.
I remember when the Northridge earthquake hit, and how we felt looking in our pantries and wondering how long it'd take to get water turned back on and freeways fixed so supplies could be delivered. We got lucky - 3 days and life was getting back to normal (albeit with a lot of road construction). Projecting my own experience, and feelings we had at the time, to the magnitude of the disaster taking place this very moment - I cannot possibly imagine how the seeming majority of Americans can seem so uninterested.
Sure, life goes on, but this incident doesn't even merit discussion? Can someone explain to me why people are staying so silent on the subject? Is it just on too high an order of magnitude to be comprehended? Are people choosing to ignore it because they cannot fathom the scale of the disaster? Is that why? Or are people just not paying enough attention to realize how big an event this is? I mean, it's the aquatic Vesuvius over there, a city destroyed, needing to be abandoned for MONTHS. How does this not at least interest people?
Why is everyone so quiet on the matter?