In the last 12 months, our television, radios, and newspapers have blazed, beamed and borne story after story of natural disaster. The South Eastern Asia earthquake and tsunami, hurricane Katrina, hurricane Rita, and a massive earthquake in Pakistan and India (to name only four) literally moved land sea and air in what even the most affirmed atheist would describe as Biblical proportions.
The results were no less striking in size - islands moved, mountains crumbled, cities flooded, governments floundered. Yet, nothing was more gripping and numbing than the mosaic of human suffering that followed as survivors fought for their very survival. The most basic of needs, when multiplied by the masses, became more than anyone could provide for. Good wishes, the logistics of delivery, and government itself were swamped by the reality of what it takes to sustain human life at even the most basic survival level.