The Eye of the Storm

Here is David Prentice writing about the cultural eye of the storm:

Ben Franklin is quoted as saying to the Constitutional Convention in June of 1787:

“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?”

The storm in Texas was lethal and destructive in countless ways. The misery, death, and devastation was on display for a week. Nothing can be said to ease the pain of those who suffered, and are suffering through this time. The ongoing storm of Irma will have its own unique destructiveness.

In these storms, there are several phenomena that come as a surprise to us all. Phenomena that hinted at what Ben Franklin had said long ago. What I’m pointing to is what the people in Houston, in their courageous reaction, did for the rest of America.

The first thing they showed us was simple bravery by being heroes amid the strife. Rather than play the victim, the people of Houston rose up and gave America thousands of examples of valor. They saved their families and reached en masse to help their neighbors, as well as to people they didn’t even know. The display of unity amidst struggle for survival was awesome.

People from all over flocked to the area to help. They brought boats, wave runners, monster trucks, supplies. And they were ingenious in their actions — witness what was called the Cajun Navy saving and helping any way they could. The response of everyday Americans was epic. A marvel to behold.

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