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Music on Mondays (9): The one about catastrophes

I’m sure everyone who inhabits the civilised world would have known about Hurricane Katrina and the devastation she had left in her wake. Incomprehensible anarchy, the pain of death and loss, the feelings of helplessness and suffering. All that makes me grateful for the fact that I am born to this country where natural disasters mean a thunderstorm that uprooted trees.

The EFB said that he does not understand how a city could sink into such lawlessness, and compared it to the three-day blackout that KL had before. I think that this is as good a comparison as saying that apples are not as delicious as oranges. The massive scale of tragedy in New Orleans is nothing like a three-day blackout. Lights would still work after being fixed, but it could take New Orleans years to clean up and revive again.

There is just no comparison.

Somehow, the sombre mood of the events just seems so perfect for the setting of Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah (link removed).

[Let’s play tag! , ]

4 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (9): The one about catastrophes”

  1. To add to the shock of the disaster, I think many Americans are now having to come to terms with the fact that they call themselves a civilised country and yet, once disaster strikes, all the uncivilised behaviour like looting, raping and beating explodes from under the thin veneer of First World-ness.

    It’s a nasty shock to learn that stuff like that happens in their own backyard and not in the countries they think they are more socially advanced than.


  2. Like I said, I can’t understand it. I would’ve thought that such disasters would bring out the BEST in people who would try to help each other out in the time of need, which is what happened in Asia after the tsunami, and what happens in Malaysia everytime there’s a natural disaster, regardless of the fact that it may be a small scale disaster. One would have thought that a larger disaster would make people more compassionate.

    Instead, you have the complete opposite happening with people trying to shoot and rape each other. Why? It’s not a matter of survival. The stealing I can understand for that reason, but definitely not the violence and mad rampage. If Singapore were completely flooded, would you expect people to start shooting and raping each other? That’s what I’m saying. I’m not comparing the magnitude of the disasters.

    It boggles the mind, and I think that there is something wrong with the American society and law and order there.

    All I can say is it’s fortunate there are strict anti gun laws in this region.


  3. EFB – Ah, I must have misunderstood your meaning then. Apologies.

    Actually, you are both right. New Orleans is still reeling from the natural disaster and the anarchy that followed. Maybe they are as shocked and embarrassed that as the supposed world’s superpower, they aren’t really much better than the “barbarians” that they had looked down upon.

    But if you think about it, the area does have a really high percentage of citizens who are dirt poor (almost 70%, if I am not wrong). When you are poor and looking at death in the eye, morality and ethics can go to hell.

    The tsunami in Asia was not all good news and helpfulness either. There were stories of children who had lost their parents who were smuggled out of the countries to be sold as slaves or, worse, child prostitutes.


  4. yah i think Hannah hit the nail – tt’s the strangest thing about the whole affair – tt all this is happening in USA.

    kinda brings back some thoughts about classes I had in Uni about the “social contract” but I’m too brain dead from work right now to go and think about it.


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