It’s being reported upwardsof a hundred lives may have been lost in Samoa and American Samoa, tiny South Pacific islands far, far away from most of us (assuming you’re a continental American reading this). Closer to home, floods inGeorgia recently destroyed parts of 17 counties and cost 5 lives. Which disaster caused a greater pang in your heart?
Is it harder to care about people suffering at a distance?Does your conscience tell you “I only need to worry about my own family,” or “myown community” or “my own country”? (American Samoa has hosted a U.S. Navalbase since 1899, by the way, and I think it’s been considered a U.S. territorythat long, but please don’t quote me.) Also, at the risk of sounding like I’m taking an anthropological study here, I’ll ask this as well: