I see where Boston has started a “snow angel” campaign, asking neighbors to grab a shovel and help other neighbors dig out from last week’s snowstorm. What a concept! Neighbors helping neighbors! You mean, like the old days when everyone helped everyone else?
Great suggestion and program and of course I’m all for it. What I found amazing is that people needed to be reminded of this fact. Helping others….isn’t this just something we all should be willing to do, and why would people need to be reminded of it?
Have we as a society become so insulated and so guarded that we would not be willing to grab a shovel and help those who are in need after a major snowstorm?
One of the weird things I have noticed about society is that when a major storm hits, or some major catastrophe, it is front page news for like two days and then some new story takes over the headlines, and everyone forgets that there was a problem somewhere else two days ago. I have a friend who lives in Joplin, Missouri, and that city had a huge tornado hit it two years ago. They are still recovering from the damage that tornado caused, and I heard the other day that there are still people living in makeshift shelters in the New Orleans area after the damage done by Katrina, and that was what, five years ago? Six?
The damage done by one of these storms does not magically disappear just because the story is no longer news. Pick up a shovel and help your neighbor. That’s what neighbors do. It was commonplace in the old days when people had a simpler lifestyle, and quite frankly it should be commonplace today, no matter how busy people are.