There is, of course, no end to the magnificence and horror in the human drama. Across the continents, humanity rises to every challenge, sinks to any depth. We cherish each heartbeat and murder at will. We bless nature’s miracles, yet trash the hood.
The first order, of course, is to help. Our suggestion is to find that organization that spends the vast majority of donated funds directly on those who need it most. We recommend the International Rescue Committee (www.theirc.org), since 1933 one of the most efficient and respected aid agencies in the world.
“Impossible!” “Who are you trying to fool?” “Have you any idea of the odds against you?” “How will you possibly pay for it?” Such responses confront anyone who dares to believe that she can make a positive difference on this agitated Earth.
Imagine an old and gentle woman, near death, with both hands on a rusty musket, standing alone at the edge of a field in which every rock and rise are as familar to her as the ceiling cracks in the farmhouse crouching behind her.