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Katrina, you bitch!

There's nothing I can say about Hurricane Katrina and her aftermath that hasn't been written or said already (more elegantly than I could ever say it). Some people want to point fingers at the people of New Orleans, and others want to blame our government. People are emotional, and every media outlet has a talking head opining and offering his or her analysis of the post-apocalyptic nightmare that's unfolding in New Orleans.

Today, as I was working, the thought occurred to me that I should drop everything and start driving to New Orleans. I actually played out the scene in my head. I'd call my boss, tell him I was leaving, and that he could fire me if he wanted to. I pictured myself arriving in New Orleans, being stopped by police as I entered the city limits, and explaining to them why I was there. I asked myself "Why don't you just go - screw everything and everyone, just do it!" After fantasizing for five minutes or so, my rational side kicked in, and I began to wonder what use I'd be. Would I even be able to help? I can't just leave my job - I have bills to pay, and have a loving wife and three pets that I'd be leaving behind. I wonder if all this rationalization isn't just selfishness. The only thing preventing me from leaving is my concern about how my own life would be affected. If that's not selfish, I'm not sure what is.

Maybe, though, the best thing I can do for the moment is donate money to the relief effort. I don't want a tax break for my donation, and making an anonymous contribution is not so bad. A hundred dollars could go a long way towards supplies, food, and water. There are people that are out there donating their time, but for those of us who can't donate our time (or, like me, can't seem to muster up the courage or desire), monetary donations will be equally as valuable to the cause. Thinking about it things in those terms, I don't feel quite as selfish. Or, maybe these were more selfish rationalizations to make me feel better about not going to help. What a vicious cycle!

I'm going to go balance my bank account now, and see what I can contribute to this cause.

By the way, in case anyone might be curious as to where I place blame, I blame the government. They were ill-prepared for this type of disaster, and slow to react (based on what I've read and heard). Blaming the people of Louisiana for staying home is callous, and characteristic of neo-conservative ideology. Fuck you, if you have the audacity to place blame those poor people for their suffering.


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