What do We Owe Each Other when Natural Disasters Strike?

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Essay #: 071351
Total text length is 6,272 characters (approximately 4.3 pages).

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What Do We Owe Each Other, As a Society, When Natural Disasters Strike?
Introduction
Governments are supposed to provide aid when a natural disaster strikes. Even when an earthquake, hurricane or tsunami like we have seen in Haiti, The United States and Japan respectively, in recent years, the global aid movement works very quickly to respond to natural disasters and help provide food, water and shelter to the people that are affected by the natural disaster. This “citizens of the world” approach - believing that we are all living on the same planet - should also extend to the individual and societal level. In other words, as a society and as individuals living on the same planet, it is not just the governments who are responsible for...
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..... The problem is that political differences come before the aid to people, and this is wrong, particularly when a disaster hits and there is large loss of life and property. For this reason, citizens need to pick up the slack and organize at the grassroots level before disaster strikes.
Works Cited
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Krugman, Paul. “Eric and Irene.” The New York Times. Opinion Pages. (2011, Sept. 1). Retrieved from, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/02/opinion/krugman-eric-and-irene.html
National Review Online. “Paying For Irene Relief.” The Editors. (2011 Sept. 2). Retrieved from, http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/276171/paying-irene-relief-editors