"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


stupid, selfish behavior

There are reports that up to 40% of Galveston Island's residents decided to stay on the island to ride out Hurricane Ike.

Sigh. I just have no patience for stupidity, and this is one of those cases where people were just being dumb. It's not like this hurricane snuck up on the island, or that we didn't know within plenty of time to evacuate that Galveston was going to take a direct hit.

But it's not just stupid; it's also selfish. When you do something like that, by default, you're putting other people's lives at risk, because when they know people stayed, they have to come search for survivors no matter what. Sure enough, when things got bad last night, people started calling for help. And there was no rescue, because authorities in Galveston weren't about to risk the lives of rescuers to send them out into impossible conditions in the dark.

Making a deliberate choice to do something stupid and dangerous that risks other people's lives is beyond irresponsible. And those people who were capable of leaving but who stayed on the island anyway have no one to blame but themselves. Let's just hope it's not as bad as it looks.

NASA photo


Blogger haitianministries said...

Gee, I wish I lived close enough to mainland to evacuate in a hurricane. With a population of 210,000 people, evacuating from our island is just not feasible. We just have to back do with the little bit of high ground that we have.

Saturday, September 13, 2008 12:15:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Yeah, no kidding. I just don't understand how people can see pictures of what happens in places like Haiti where there are so few resources and where people live in such horrible conditions anyway and not take advantages of the opportunities offered to them.

Hope y'all are safe and doing okay with the recovery!

Saturday, September 13, 2008 2:47:00 PM

Blogger CharlieMac said...

There is one thing that I can state for sure and I have not talked to anyone who was there either. A large percentage of those who chose to ride out the storm made promises to and deals with God during the storm.
Some may not have talked to their creator that seriously in all their lives.
Charlie Mac

Saturday, September 13, 2008 7:32:00 PM


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