Sorry for starting on such a sombre note.
At least 11500 confirmed dead in the tidal waves caused by the earthquake off Sumatra. Penang, Indonesia, India and Thailand are just some of the countries affected. When catastrophies happen this sudden and close to home, it gets very personal.. More personal than SARS.
I can’t fathom the selfishness of people though. A friend’s first reaction was “It didn’t affect Singapore right?”, and his second: “Man, we can go surfing at Sentosa now!”. Such insensitivity.
I ain’t a saint of any sort, but at least..
It doesn’t take more than a minute to pray for the people still missing, and for the victims’ families to have strength through this all. Many people’s livelihoods will be affected for a long time.
How can anyone see the impact of this and NOT get affected?
“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. “