Sunday, October 16, 2005

Priorities in a Disaster

In the letters section of Saturday's Detroit News the issue being debated was whether to penalize states for not planning pet evacuations.

There are over 40,000 people dead from the earthquake in Pakistan. Over 200,000 people were killed in last December's tsunami. And here in the United States, after about 1,000 people died in hurricane related flooding, we are debating the rescue of pets.

Trivial? Maybe. But it does serve to show that because we in the West live in societies that are proficient in creating wealth, not only do we suffer less when a natural disaster strikes, but we are also quicker to recover, and we are so sure about our ability to rebuild that we can consider other things beyond mere survival.

I see this as another reason to create and celebrate wealth instead of condemning it. And, by the way, this wealth was not created by the government. It was created by hard working private citizens who are allowed to and encouraged to make better lives for themselves and their families. It's one of the hallmarks of a successful society.

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