I'm always delighted to write about wonderful examples of humanity stretching to full potential. Kudos are well-deserved on those rare occasions that highlight common sense and the unselfish, generous, and caring actions of ordinary people.
Because humanity itself shines when honoured by logic, kindness and unrequited giving, kudos must be handed to the extraordinary people of Australia dealing with the aftermath of horrendous flooding that, in some areas, remains ongoing at this date.
In the terrible Queensland floods in Australia’s northeast, perhaps half of Australia has been severely flooded. Lives have been lost and damage to property is yet undetermined, but property damage will be in the billions. It seems that almost everything has seen trial by water, but Aussie humanity and determination grows greater with each raindrop.
With endless rain, a vast area as big as France and Germany combined has been flooded, with water remaining in areas including major cities, towns, villages, and vast rural areas.
Thousands of homes have been damaged or washed away; the livelihood of many individuals has been destroyed, and highways, electrical and other parts of the infrastructure in the gigantic area has been effectively shut down,-- but get this, the flooding has NOT deterred the faith, will, resilience, determination and love for humanity that exists within the collective, powerfully beating heart of the Australian people.
It seems that many countries should pay attention, and could learn much from the fine example that has been set by the people of Australia. A glaring comparison to the US response to the Katrina disaster in New Orleans must immediately come to the mind of the reader. The 2005 Katrina disaster was the worst naturally-occurring event ever in the United States of America and is best remembered for the ill-planned and slow governmental FEMA response to the disaster. In some areas, emergency food and water supplies were not even made available to Katrina’s victims for days. They became not only victims of nature, but victims of incompetence and an embarrassing bureaucratic nightmare.
The flooding in Australia displayed a much different attitude and fast response.
The words of a friend of mine and correspondent Crystal Sage, who lives in Australia, described it best:
“ Just saw bits of Bush on Oprah.... trying to cover up his disaster of an effort with the Katrina disaster.. If you saw how well our governments and people are working together with the Australian floods.. maybe the Americans can learn something...every resource was used as and when it happened.. food , clothing, first aid.. shelter.. toys for the kids... and as soon as the water levels went down.. thousands of people just walked.. or traveled to the disaster zones with food shovels brooms disinfectant .. rolled up their sleeves and helped with the clean ups.. councils provided skips for the wreckage.. grocers .. bakers gave away free food... people used Facebook and the internet.. to offer homes for those who had lost everything..for the weeks.. months it would take to reestablish themselves.. entertainers went to the evacuation centres to offer free entertainment...there already have been fundraisers.... the government has already provided funding for the homeless.. .. for their immediate needs.. up to $1200 per family initially.. then around $ 850 a week for 10 weeks.. then close to $19000 to repair the flood damages to their homes.. they said if more was needed other funds could be organized.. over 3000 councillors were on line all that time and still to help those in trauma..or shock...thousands of electricians and other builders have been put in place to restore everything as soon as possible....
Just to start....”
Crystal generously sent many other examples of shining humanity, far too many to address individually in this brief format, but the message relayed by them was clear: Australia has heart!
Such fine examples of humanity under stress demonstrate that the hearts of Australians are in the right place when needed. Individual Australians put themselves out there without delay, without a second thought to help. The Australian government responded to the disaster in a responsible and timely manner, as governments are correctly mandated to do. Wallets, homes, hearts, and businesses have all been opened to the homeless, the hurt, the displaced, and the needy.
Australians, may God bless and keep you, mates! Your actions are not only to be admired but emulated in any disaster, large or small. May the rains cease and waters subside soon so life in Australia can return to normal. Kudos to you and God bless!
A special thanks goes out once again to Crystal Sage...you’re the best! G’day !