Keeping up with the daily local, national and international news can lead some readers to conclude that our world is increasingly cruel, chaotic and splintered. I beg to differ.
Aid continues to arrive in the Philippines from around the globe in response to Typhoon Haiyan. Estimates put the toll at more than 5,000 dead and 13 million affected with many survivors in immediate need of food and clean water. Even before the storm, scores of countries started contributing water, food, medical supplies and logistical support.
Does this sound like a world that does not care? There are cynics who argue that there is no “global community,” and talk of same is just meaningless rhetoric. Tap hard on the hollow shell of our so-called humanitarian oneness, they would say, and it will crumble into shards of self interest like so much cheap terra cotta.
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