Shed a Tear?

Have you shed a tear for the victims of Katrina?

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With all of the DEVASTATION around the Gulf Coast, I think we have all tried to put ourselves in the victims shoes and wonder what they could possibly be feeling? Has this overwhelming catastrophe hit home for you, as it has so many Americans?
I teared up when they showed some poor sea lion that was beached in the middle of some neighbourhood and one lone guy was trying to keep it from baking by pouring water over it.

I think he was probably the only guy in the neighbourhood that wasn't busy looting.
I feel guilty if I'm not watching the television, except when I go to work. But watching this all day and night, flipping between FOX, CNN, and MSNBC, is the most depressing regime I can imagine. It seems like every image or video clip is more sad and shocking than the last.
Even with all the hooligans that live in New Orleans, I can't help being immensely saddened by the suffering that many decent people are enduring. Many of the folks that rode out the storm simply had no means of evacuation. Others had a false impression of their own safety (e.g. "I live > 1/2 mile from the coast, I'll be fine.").

If you watch the stories (not just gawk at pictures of the devastation), you understand that the people that have received the brunt of this catastrophe are like all of us. If the story of someone losing their spouse or children doesn't move you, then you might want to check to see if your blood is still pumping.

I have not shed a tear. Why? This was a natural disaster that everyone knew was going to happen. N.O. is in a cereal bowl, and the officials knew decades ago that this event was a real possibility.

Am I glad this happened? Absolutely not. The loss of life is saddening. I do believe that they will learn from this, and the new city(s) will be in much better shape than now.

It is what it is, and now it will be handled.
I actually did shed a tear, gas prices are going to kill me.

I know you meant this comment in jest, but it does come across as a little calloused considering the catastrophe that has befallen those along the Gulf coast.

It was a joke. Calm down.

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven...a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance" (Ecclesiastes 3:1,4).

all of gods creatures

for the human kind, they control their own fate...however, the 4 legged creatures are at the mercy of us humans, we control their fate...i feel for the poor animals that were left behind to fend for themselves, the human kind should have taken warning from everyone starting with the mayor of the city right on up to the president of the united states that told them to get out...i know it is to much to ask...but do you think the smartest creature in the food chain would take heed of even one warning seriously...i know this in the minority and this is no way to learn a lesson...but i do believe lesson learned. God bless all their hearts and watch over them now.
This has caused quite an upset in my home. My husband does not believe men should cry and when he saw the guy on TV who had just lost his wife and was crying, he spouted off. I responded and it ended up in a shouting match that was probably heard in New Orleans.

It has quite depressed me, seeing all this coverage. I had given up Wellbutrin, probably at the wrong time.......
I don't know where to start... Have I shed a tear? Yes, a few actually. I have visited New Orleans and driven along the coastline in that region.
Selfishly I am saddened that I will not get to visit the same place again, rebuild, or no rebuild.
I am saddened that people and animals have died and been injured when perhaps they could have been saved.
I am saddened that we sometimes lack the compassion to put ourselves in someone else's shoes. I wonder if I would have stayed or left? I have the benefit of being a long-time lurker on this site and I have read of the destructive power of storms. Many do not have that knowlege. Many have history behind them of storms that they have weathered that made them decide that they could ride this one out too. Many tried to leave, saw the traffic and decided they'd be safer to stay put than to try to leave. Many wanted to protect their homes, their pets, their history. I can't imagine what my choice would have been. Thankfully I've never had to make it.

I feel a bit numb this week. I've been glued to CNN, this forum, other weather sites. I vacillate between being fascinated by the science of what is happening, and being horrified by the destruction. I look forward to a good night's sleep and I feel lucky that I have a safe home to have one in.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Shead a tear?? No...But I can't tell you how bad a feel for these people. It is just unreal on the damage, looting,and flooding that I have seen on T.V. In Wichita back in January we an ice storm and we lost power just power for a few day that sucked. But compared to this it was nothing.
I am torn between feeling sorry for the people that lost everything and resenting the people that ignored warnings and are looting under the premise of survival. I am having a hard time comprehending the magnitude of the disaster. I haven't shed any tears, but I do feel very bad for the innocent victims and I will do what I can to help.
Yes, men cry. At least those that are even remotely in touch with themselvs. (IMO!)

So far, none from me. Maybe I should feel guilty, or less human, for it. The thing is that I'm torn between sympathy and contempt and haven't (emotionaly) figured out what's going on.

I haven't watched much TV, but tonight I saw a healthy woman, carying an infant, bitching about how "They did so much for Florida... Where's MY help?!" Rather than saying "I was a dumbass, I should have gotten out," she was indignant that it was taking so long for her share to arrive.
I couldn't help but think "You chose to 'ride it out' with your baby? WTF? If you didn't want to leave, at least have the decency to send your kid away with the neighbors." I know she's doesn't represent everyone in NO, but it's hard for me to make the clear distiction.

OTOH, some of the stories "You watch after the kids..." are just heartbreaking. There are also the obvious true victims that couldn't get out for one reason or another.

The Looters don't much phaze me. I've a pretty dark opinion of the 'capabilities' of the human animal. :?

Well, I guess next time you're out chasing the ass end of a wedge on the plains, and you come across a obliterated farm house, and you see a dazed and injured family staggering about you should just keep on truckin' - they live in tornado alley, they know the risks, and yet they refused to build a storm shelter.
Well, I guess next time you're out chasing the ass end of a wedge on the plains, and you come across a obliterated farm house, and you see a dazed and injured family staggering about you should just keep on truckin' - they live in tornado alley, they know the risks, and yet they refused to build a storm shelter.

The difference is that of leaving from an inpending, and VERY well-warned, disaster versus taking shelter from an event (tornado) that has an enormously small probability of effecting you. Even in the heard of tornado alley, the prob of getting hit by a tornado is tiny. Compare that with a massive hurricane, that generated warnings from officials (mayor, state leaders, NHC, NWS, etc) unlike anything we have ever seen in recent memory, that was expected to be a catastrophe. Little comparison. Again, my deepest condolences to those in New Orleans and all other areas that have been impacted by Katrina. Most folks no longer have anything, and it's a sad, sad realization.
I live on the caprock. In my experience, anyone in this area is well aware and educated about the dangers and risks that come with the terrority each season. Most have a shelter, some don't. Over time, I really can't think of anyone around here who hasn't used their shelter at some point. I have sympathy for everyone in New Orleans. Some of these people couldn't evacuate, some could. Most couldn't. Those that could likely have little understanding of meteorology or atmospheric sciences and perhaps living in such a large city gave them a false sense of security. I don't remember such a lack of compassion for the Florida victims of previous hurricanes, Mississippi either.
Years before the Edmonton tornado in 1987,i never thought much about
All forms of severe weather disasters.Now were ever it happens i get a
numb,sick feeling.Hurts to see such good people down there go through
It takes quite a bit for me to cry, so I haven't shed a tear yet. I do feel very saddened for the victims, and the video of the guy who lost his wife (the "lost it all guy") did make me very sad, but not enough to cry. Maybe there is something wrong with me, I don't know...

Then, I can't help but think that alot of these folks could have saved themselves, but then I also remember that their decision to stay may have been based not on distrust in the weather forecast, but moreso out of love for their home and their entire life's work. Quite simply, they didn't want to abandon the ship (a.k.a. home) they loved.