The disaster in Haiti is beyond our ability to comprehend. Even extensive video footage an only skim the pervasive damage that has shaken an already struggling nation to near dissolution. The loss of life is staggering.

Relief efforts, though heroic, seem comparable to draining an ocean with pale. Even if workers can stave off additional deaths caused by the physcial impact of limited water, food and medical assistance in these immediate weeks, the country is ripe for social upheaval as good people resort to desperate measures to keep themselves and their loved ones alive.

Events like this put our own petty complaints and problems in perspective. Having rediscovered our good fortune, perhaps we can live with a renewed gratitude and humility that will prompt us to share it those who truly hurt. —DR

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