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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Tumble and Twirl

Have you recovered from the seasonal madness yet? Today is the first day in many where I've sensed a degree of normality. I say this with a clear understanding that normality is very subjective.

My thoughts are saturated by media images of the devastation and the tsunami relief efforts in SE Asia; constant reminders of the fragility of human life on earth.

What can I really do about what's going on now. Is donating money really enough? Should we feel that we've done our part just because we've donated some cash or whatever. Does that really make things better or does it simply make us feel better about it? Whatever the answer to that question, I believe that things can never be the same again for any of us, however close or far we are from it all.

I don't want to come across as a cynical bastard. I'm just being sincere about my thoughts on what's going on around the Indian Ocean as I am bombarded by a media frenzy to capture the aftermath of the catastrophe and the tough circumstances thousands of people have found themselves in.

In truth, I am rendered speechless.

Blogger Caska said...

I agree that not even all the money in the world can make up for even one lost life in SE Asia let alone do something for the shattered lives of all the victims of tsunami.

As regards whether donating money is enough or if it simply makes us feel better about about it, I just wanted to say that although I am sure that there were many many people who donated sincerely anything that could help, I deeply loathe the hundreds of people who donated money three or four times spread during the whole programme with the intent of winning something during the Istrina programme ... it's simply disgusting hearing people say "I donated three times and I didn't win anything".

As regards me, sadly I am not in a position to do anything whatsoever for those persons suffering since I admit I do not have the stamina to go volunteer there or something like that. As a matter of fact it was only this morning that I donated something too by sms and to say the truth … I think I did feel better but probably as you said … just to put conscience at rest. 

12:19 PM, January 05, 2005

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