I have not written an article for the sight here for about two weeks now. First, we simply didn’t have anything to update anyone on. And then, with Typhoon Haiyan(Yolanda in the Philippines), nothing I could say really seemed to matter to me anymore. The sheer volume of loss of life, and damage far outweighs anything I could type to discuss what amounts to absolutely nothing significant in comparison.
My wife and I, as I am sure many of you readers and other writers for LiP have spent the majority of your free time digging and scouring the internet trying to find information on the devastation of the area, and the impact it is having on the regions hit by Yolanda.
I am glad to see that so many countries, including the United States, is helping in so many ways to ease the pain and suffering of the Filipino people. The storm has ravaged the country in ways that we have never before seen on this planet. I think that the numbers of dead are drastically low, either by the simple fact that many areas have not yet been accessed due to their remote nature, or by the sheer luck and good will of God. I know that there is not much that we can do from so far away, and contriubutions are always possible. And then, the news releases the dirty and disgusting things that people in political power are doing to try to either line their pockets with relief goods, or to claim that they themselves are the providers of the things their countrymen need. To be honest, I always knew that government is filled with corrupt people, and people out to look after themselves. We had that issue right here in my backyard in the city of Detroit with EX-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. He has been caught, found guilty, and sentenced to long terms in prison. But, what I find utterly and egregiously afoul, is that when your own countrymen are devastated by such a massive storm from hell, and thousands are killed, tens of thousands hurt, and so many left homeless that they would use a tragedy such as this as an opportunity to get rich, or buy votes makes me sick!
I know politics are off limits, and I’m not going to mention any names here. But, they know who they are, and so do the people of the Philippines. I truly hope that this is something I don’t see happen in a community I choose to live, because I don’t know if I could keep my red-headed, Scottish and Irish anger from boiling out.
My country is in turmoil right now, as it stands, and I am near boiling point. And nobody, at least not that I know of, is being taken advantage of that is in dire need of assistance for basic survival. If I knew of it happening here, I would most assuredly lose it.
I don’t like to see people taken advantage of, especially when they are already at the edge of emotional stress breakdown from total and complete loss of what they know to be their life. And it hurts me to see further abuse by a government elected by the people to help them and fight for them when the time comes… not bicker about who is a registered voter, or who gets to hand out emergency supplies.
I can only hope and pray, that things get better for anyone and everyone affected by Yolanda.
Until next time, paalam, ingat, and God bless.