I am more shocked and more disgusted by what Katrina did to show of our society than the actual storm damage itself. A natural disaster is horrible by any account, yet they are unavoidable. Preparedness can only get you so far, but ultimately, whatever belief system you employ is going to be the factor in how well you make it or not when an earthquake, tsunami or hurricane hits you. Painfully so, Katrina pulled away the much praised patchwork of one of my favorite cities and showed it for what it was. A gross example of apathy, ignorance, pride, greed, vengeance....
aren't there a few more to make seven? Rather than letting us feel compassion and caring, we the people of the current era find ourselves bitterly angry at each other once again, as if someone needs to be blamed for a disaster. It's the President, it's the Governor, it's FEMA, it's the Mayor, it's the police, it's the looters, etc., etc.
Imagine for a moment if this would have happened to America 50 years ago, our grandfathers would have rolled up their sleeves, and started bailing New Orleans out, one pail at a time, not thinking for one second to stop and figure on whom to cast blame. How can you blame mother nature? You could of course, but where will that get you? After the cleanup, there would be questions, but there would be a greater resolve to work together. Now look at today, in the aftermath of this tragedy, there will be further divisiveness and further disdain. The people will be pulled further apart from a common goal and they will take further distant stances from each other. All the while, people who profit from this chaos (certain media, politicians and other power hungry predators) are greedily licking their lips at the headlines and the mindless drones that fill their ranks and pocketbooks.
It's sad what happened. Also, the hurricane really sucked, too.