Mardi Gradida (Part 1)
By Anthony Douglas Gere
Can we all say a prayer today, for the many that have lost nearly everything from the force,
Hurricane Katrina. I mean that, please allow them to use the strength in your passionate prayers,
to make whatever decisions and choices they deem fit for their lives in the aftermath of this
element from above. It truly makes one wonder, what and how powerful is nature, when it can
destroy and wipe out a town and many parts of states, in just a few minutes. How lives have
been changed, altered and lost in the time it takes to bake some frozen store made lasagna.
This isn’t a terrorist attack, or some right wing activist or advocate trying to make a statement.
This is nature, life and all that comes with it, in a natural way. So though this Theory may seem
harsh and brutally direct, it is meant to make a change, and enlighten those, lost in the dark.
But please say that prayer, and give all you can.Now if you may, lets take this theory and related it to a
situation we will call a building with many floors. On each floor, there are areas or departments, handling various but specific affairs, while on others, similar activities are being accounted for, to handle other areas that need to be addressed. On the first floor, one must deal with first entering and maneuvering throughout the building, or situation, to get where they need to go. Once the directory or mental rolodex has guided you to where you need to be, one then can make their way to the elevator to reach such a place. This elevator, which is the emotional side of the building / situation, is what addresses each emotion, while having the ability to reach others, if permitted. Now on the second floor, this department is dealing with the cosmetics of a situation. In this case, the disaster of the hurricane, and what can be seen. This floor may seem to be the most graphic to the onlookers, but as we will soon see, looks can be deceiving, and only one of many that will not be truly seen, just viewed. When we see the photos and hear of the stories, one feels bad for those involved and affected, but we usually leave them be, and let them deal with the problems that don’t directly affect us unless we are personally involved. The floors that follow in each direction, deals with deep seeded emotions, and may not show themselves as themselves, but other areas that may or many not be addressed in a crisis. What I mean is this. Many in the areas affected and hit by this powerful force, are those of a financial demographic, that may not have the ability or tools to rebuild what they had and just lost. Think about it, the preliminary word is, it will take many many months and even years to bring New Orleans back to where they were, and that’s not even a promise at this time. That’s a hunch! There is so much to the unknown, that we are basing this disaster on something that history has told us or lead us to believe. But history never had something of this kind hit a time and town so hard under these circumstances, so that guesstimation on a time frame, may be a little bit off at best. Will New Orleans recover, yes, definitely. But more than likely, what you seen, goes far beyond what’s really going on. This is a microcosm of our society, and the microwave solution for a down home southern meal we all experience when thinking of such a place. The reason we all pay taxes, give to blood banks, donate money and such, is for situations like this. Remember that building with the many floors, well it has employees that work there. This state is that building, along with the other areas hit hard by Katrina. So what can we do as citizens, that we haven’t done already? What can we do as onlookers, tax payers and more. Better yet, what can we do as believers, people and human beings to help? What if this was your town, my town or some third world country you had a stake in, what would you do? When this is aall said and done, thing will be okay. But until that time, people are dying, starving, being emotionally damaged and plotting to survive by any means necessary. Can we help them, or is this just a way of life, and a experiment we can learn from, at the sake of others. So know time will heal a lot of this, and cover up many wounds, but is that what we would want for ourselves if this was us? But like I said, things will work themselves out, and many will come in and give all that they can to help. There will be drastic changes, and in time, the memories of what was, will be yesterdays news, and forgotten, like the lives that were there when they were alive and doing well in the town that’s known for, Mardi Gradida.
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