Academic journal article Journal of Evolutionary Psychology

The Race (Thoughts on Hurricane Katrina as Felt by an Onlooker)

Academic journal article Journal of Evolutionary Psychology

The Race (Thoughts on Hurricane Katrina as Felt by an Onlooker)

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Triumph and Despair stand shoulder to shoulder at the beginning of the race. Lives on the line and cities in ruin, the stage is set for one to over power the other. A first world nation brought to its knees, not by the hand of human flesh but by elements greater than us all. Fear and lawlessness, hysteria and death bring one player closer to the finish line. The images beamed into our homes made onlookers feel shock and helplessness that, throughout the days, melted into massive guilt and depression. Guilt! Guilty and depressed. Being alive, safe, not wanting for anything and being so unable to help. Guitly for not being a victim.

Watching for days as people succumbed to the after effects of nature: that part of nature still untamed by man and the part that is truly still in control of the earth. Listening to those who, although alive, have lost all family, their friends, homes, and all of their pride and self-esteem; death could bring comfort to a tortured mind. Despair, you gain ground in this foot race.

Feelings of anger and fear are accompanied by the distinct feeling that they are being punished, or just neglected because of their race or their status in society. …

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