Like many this week, I have watched with concern the humanitarian disaster occurring in Myanmar (formerly called Burma) after a terrible cyclone. The dictatorial government has been very stubborn and unwilling to allow any foreign nations or organizations to help with disaster relief. They are finally beginning to consider receiving aid, but have made it clear that they will get the supplies to the people, even though they are hopelessly incapable of doing that. It is hard to understand why they are so against getting help. What benefit do they gain in their refusal, which will certainly claim the lives of thousands of people who survived the actual storm? Perhaps the leaders believe foreign involvement could have the potential of depriving them of their power. Whatever the case, this is certainly an example of how pride or the desire for power can cause people to do really ridiculous things. But before we condemn the despots in Myanmar for being so hardheaded and stupid, we should look at ourselves and consider how many dumb things we do because of pride or selfishness. I can certainly see many examples in my life of acting like that.
Posted by: Douglas Mehling | May 8, 2008