The heroic and unselfish response to catastrophic Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas on August 25, 2017, continues to inspire people to live in a way that shows compassion for their fellow humans. No matter what one’s religion or upbringing have been, one tends to develop empathy for people who need shelter, food, and other special attention. Humans learn to live compassionately by example, especially when they observe unselfish sacrifices made by others who assist people in need. These are the valuable lessons learned from the devastating scenes amidst the storm, those calls for help that we observe both on the ground and on television. Each heroic contribution made by volunteers opens hearts and minds while developing a degree of moral support for the environmental protection groups. In short, concerned people want to make efforts to make this a better world in which to live by finding out how to safeguard their neighbors.
It was inspirational to see the Navy rescuing citizens of Houston as well as others throughout southeastern Texas. Their heroic, humanitarian efforts were so admirable as they responded adeptly to the needs of people in danger. One helicopter saved seven stranded people and then courageously took off again to look for others trapped by the flood waters. The military acted so bravely during the flood although one naturally hopes they will not have to respond to such devastation again in the future.
Neighbors, journalists, foreigners, and people of all ethnicities and religions lent a hand when spontaneously put to the test. A group of journalists risked their lives to save a senior citizen in his car when he mistakenly drove into a deep stream of water. Rather than ignoring a domestic animal in danger, a group of men saved a dog that had been about to drown in the threatening waters. Nursing homes were evacuated while other vulnerable, hospitalized people were carried out by volunteers. Such courage abounded to accomplish great rescue missions!
People in Texas worked together regardless of race, origin, or nationality during the catastrophic event. It was soothing to know that homeless people were being supplied with shelter, with clothes, and with a place to sleep. Seeing others who do good deeds to help people in need encourages viewers to consider how everyone can assist one another. Although most people are too far away to assist in many humanitarian operations, one might consider living in a way that prevents future occurrences of other catastrophic weather events.
Many do not agree that climate change exists; however, the possibility is worth serious examination so as not to put future generations in harm’s way. Providing a fine and free science education for all young people and taking better care of our planet might prevent future tragedies related to climate. By considering these possibilities, we can make a positive difference, even from afar. Moreover, the time has come to re-examine our priorities. Do we really need a lot of material goods? Are we defined by our possessions? Would it be possible to utilize alternative forms of energy so as not to damage or pollute the environment? We can be heroic if we change our ways so as to protect the environment for future generations. We can be heroic if we accept others as they are and assist them in times of need, much like the first responders did in Texas.
Laura Gail Sweeney, Ed.D. is a writer, a life coach, and a teacher specialising in effective communication strategies. She can be reached at http://www.lauragailsweeney.com.
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