Saturday, January 16, 2010

Now Happening in Haiti: Reality

Just as attributing the suffering in Haiti to a deal with the devil reveals the speaker as insipid and depraved (even if granted a hemming, hawing defense by people who should know better), so too does applying the word miracle to instances in which human efforts save a life.

The fate of Haiti's people rests -- today, yesterday, and tomorrow -- on the concrete, everyday, individual and collective choices of really-existing human beings. Supernaturalism-laced just-so stories, whatever interesting emotions they succceed in inspiring, can only distort the truth of cause and effect.

Reality contains multitudes. Reality has presently sacked Haiti, and only reality can save its people from further ruin. Each of us is part of that reality.

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