On the negative side, the destruction shows the terribly vulnerability of our cities to natural disasters. While we do know how to build structures that can stand up well to earthquakes, these structures tend to be rather expensive. While it is often claimed that human life is priceless, we are generally unwilling to do what it takes to make cities reasonably safe from natural disasters. Part of this is a matter of price. Of course, some it is also due to the human tendency to fail to properly assess potential threats from natural disasters and to prepare properly.
On the positive side, the disaster has shown the better side of humanity. People from around the world are sending aid and support to the country. Volunteers are, as they say, on the ground assisting as best they can. Leading the way, as so often is the case, is the United States.
While America is often cast in a negative light, as a country and as individuals we consistently step up and do what is right. Money from Americans pours into disaster areas. Our military arrives, not to take advantage of the disaster and conquer, but to render aid and conduct rescue efforts. What we do certainly says a great deal about us as a people.
While I was watching the coverage of the disaster in Haiti, I also saw coverage of various terrorist groups and terror issues. This made an interesting contrast. While groups like Al Qaeda claim to be driven by a moral and righteous purpose, what they offer the world is only destruction, oppression and murder. They add to the world’s pain. In contrast,the enemy of Al Qaeda (that is, the United States) is rushing to Haiti to render aid and save lives. I think this nicely shows the difference between the United States and groups like Al Qaeda.
If you want to help, here is a link to CNN’s Impact page. They have links to various aid groups. As always, be sure that you are giving to legitimate groups rather than con artists. It is a sad commentary that people use such disasters as opportunities for scams.