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Post Empathetic Exhaustion (a.k.a. How much can one planet take?)
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Written by WATYF on Tuesday, 11 October 2005 (4780 hits)
Category: Serious Crap

Seriously... first the tsunami... then a nice long string of devastating hurricanes... then throw in a couple massive floods... and add a huge earthquake for good measure. It'll be a wonder if any buildings are actually still standing come Christmas.

And after all this... after months of consecutive tragedies... and public outreach... and billions of dollars in donations and aid... I think we might be running into a new phenomenon here... and I've dubbed it "PEE" or "Post Empathetic Exhaustion" (and mark my words, it'll be all over cable news in no time )...

It's being reported that aid to the areas stuck by the latest disaster (the earthquake) is slow and inadequate. It looks like both the US and Britain just aren't stepping up to the plate on this one (in government aid and in private donations) like they did for previous events. And I think it's possible that PEE is at the root of the problem. Think about it... every time one disaster ends... and we've finished pouring our hearts (and wallets) out to those in need... just when we think things are looking up... BAM!... another disaster hits.

It might just be too much for people to process. It's possible that we're just becoming desensitized to hearing about death counts and towns wiped out and cities destroyed. Maybe, after a while, it just wears you down... to keep being empathetic to so many strangers... for so many different reasons... for so long.

Sure, there are other factors involved... many people gave a good portion of their extra income to Katrina victims, and just can't afford to give much more. Some people may feel removed from the whole thing because it's not getting as much press as the tsunami did. Some people might even feel less remorse for the victims in the area where the earthquake hit because of historical issues between the US and the peoples of that region (obviously, I don't share the sentiment). But I don't think that's all of it... I think, if we look deep down... we'd probably find that we all have a little PEE in us.

So come on... let's shake off that PEE and remember that we're all in this together. Tomorrow it could be your hometown that's struck by the latest disaster (especially at this rate). We have to keep getting right back up and in the game, no matter what this planet throws at us.


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