March 15, 2011

People are Amazing After Witnessing Disasters

Whenever there is a natural disaster people do some amazing things to help their fellow man. In fact, its intuitive and instinctive in many ways just how giving people are when the need arises.

Case in point, when Haiti experienced the raft of one of the most devastating earthquakes in history, people responded with donations, recovery efforts and continue volunteering to provide services to those most affected. For many hurricane Katrina was the tipping point when it came to great needs.

What did people do when they saw the video of people struggling to survive the most incredible of all hurricanes? People from all over the world opened their hearts and wallet to give.

We do not like seeing others suffer and just to give you more insight on what I am talking about, since Hurricane Katrina, the United States has been rocked by massive storms, resulting in flooding in Iowa, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Georgia, Massachusetts and all points in between. Every natural disaster inspires us to give.

Why do we give in the first place? Outstanding question and I will answer it. We give when we see another human being trying to survive and overwhelming ordeal. The recent rash of tornadoes throughout the United States is but another example of the love we have for one another.

I highly encourage everyone to put yourself in the shoes of people experiencing a tragedy. Open your heart, mind and wallet and donate to a charity you believe in and remember, but not for the grace and mercy of God you might become a victim of a natural disaster.

Add in the recent uproar of the volcano in Iceland and the tsunami in Asia an the recent Hawaii tsunami warning and there is reason to be concerned. With the increase in earthquakes in 201 and the forecast for an aggressive hurricane season, start thinking about how you are going to donate and contribute your services in a volunteer capacity.

Make no mistake about it, we are hardwired to give, help others less fortunate than ourselves and it will always be this way. We were born to love each other and there is no better way to show an expression of love, than to give with a generous heart.

Giving, donating and contributing improves your life and that of the people you help. set a giving goal and recommend your friends, family and colleagues do the same. The bottom line is, we are all in this together.

For the past few years people all over the world experienced an economic tsunami, it was lethal for a lot of people. Nonprofit organizations are under tremendous pressure to deliver services and to a great extent donations fell off and people in need, are simply doing without.

Job losses, mortgage foreclosures, excessive medical expenses due to health issues and other challenges have left an indelible mark on the American people. It is going to take more contributions and donations to right the ship on the economic front in the United States.

Give because it is what you were born to do. You are going to add value and benefit to others as well as yourself.

34 comments:

  1. I really am appalled at the comments of people referring to pearl harbor. There is no getting even, for got shakes people forget Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I will be helping as I can.

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  2. A very strong applause to you.

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  3. I think when things like this happen everyone kinda forgets about how evil people can be.

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  4. The question of why people help each other, the nature of charity is an old one. I've read Ayn Rand's theories on the subject, but I prefer to believe something closer to what you posted above.

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  5. there will always be people around that will help those in need without asking for anything in return, and with those the hipocrite will raise too but even if its for a selfish reason, they do help other people overcome their situations

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  6. excellent points and i agree on the most part. nice post!

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  7. Excellent and well thought out post, my friend. I am so worried about those people over there, it feels like this has happened to friends.

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  8. this proves that most ppl are good humans indeed

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  9. its a real shame that something this bad happened

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  10. I agree, currency is called currency for a reason.

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  11. The real tragedy is it takes a disaster to get people off their asses to help.

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  12. I would also like to point out the response by the Japanese people compared to the response by the people of New Orleans...

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  13. sometimes it needs a disaster to bin out the good in people

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  14. Probably a preparation for things to come?

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  15. Yeah humans are basically altruistic...

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  16. Beautiful. I think a benefit of horrific events like these is that it brings people together.

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  17. Humans are indeed creatures tending towards good will.

    Also maybe a link to redcross donations for people who visit but don't know how to donate for this post would be good?

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  18. I have friends who were affected by the earthquake in Christchurch, really hits home when someone you know is involved.

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  19. Good points. Really enjoyed the post.

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  20. Keep up with your postings! Your blog is great. Followed.

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  21. Too bad it takes a natural (or man made, sometimes) disaster to bring this out on most people. It would be a better society if many activated this 'giving' without the need of tragedy- specially the upper classes.

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  22. It's true. People do truly adapt to their surroundings--even if it is a disaster at work.

    Great post, will follow :)

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  23. Nice post. I like that you're promoting donating to these causes. It's definitely eye opening seeing that type of devastation. It was very eerie coming back to New Orleans after Katrina, and I'd argue that things will never be back to the way they were before the hurricane.

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  24. It is amazing how helpful people can be during those situations. How people react within a crisis though, is another matter. I was amazed at how calm everyone was in Japan after the earthquake. No riots, no looting, no mass mobs.

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  25. i like people who help others. doent matter how.

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  26. Do what you can to help, I have been.

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  27. Good to see people are good when it comes down to it

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  28. I'm really thankful actually because my family was involved in the tsunami in japan, they were just leaving to go back to yokohama and all of sudden that happened :O

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  29. In times of need we all need to pitch in and help

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