It is easy to lose sight of what is important when we are constantly yelling and screaming at each other. Sometimes it takes a force of nature to bring us to our senses.
No one welcomed the disaster that struck Texas. We find no solace in a storm that stole human lives, swept away homes and forced people who have spent a lifetime securing their future to give it all up and start over from scratch.
But if there is a spark of light in this dark and dreary tragedy, it is that it caused us to look at each other not as enemies, but as human beings.
Pictures of the rescue efforts in Houston and the surrounding areas remind us of Mississippi and New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In 2005, I was there and witnessed firsthand the alliances formed between strangers. They were bound together in a single cause — helping each other survive.
When President Donald Trump visits Texas on Tuesday, the heartbreaking damage from flooding caused by Harvey will be in plain sight. But I hope the president will open his heart and see something else — Americans putting their differences aside and focusing on what they have in common.
The images this week of strangers risking their lives to help someone else are a reminder that we are, more than not, a nation of decent people. Though quite often, we forget.
Compassion is at the core of America’s values. The differences we argue about are merely a sideshow. And when tragedy strikes, we are prompted to re-confirm our humanity.
Deadly storms don’t skip over the wealthy and strike the poor. They don’t pounce on the elderly and…
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