One year ago today, we all watched in horror at the chaos and destruction the natural disaster Katrina wrought. We all watched in horror at the chaos and destruction the unnatural, man-made disaster Katrina sparked. The useless breached levee in
The horror deepened. The immediate media attention after the storm dwelt on looting and human-to-human violence, distracting from the incomprehensible images of bloated bodies floating as inconvenient debris in the noxious waters. Completely missing the tearful eyes of toddlers, who were learning the unthinkable lessons of an ostensibly civilized country that did not value them enough to rescue them quickly and without excuses.
Opportunists Feast on Human Remains
On the molecular level of civilizations, out of those memes of culture, being able to take care of our dead is the most basic. There is not a human society that does not take care of its dead in some way. Even Neanderthals were careful to honor their dead. Now, post-Katrina, not only are there many corpses yet to be discovered, but many are also available for consumption to newly feral dogs, roaming the streets of
Alligators Eating Humans:
Dogs Eating Humans:
Humans Put Down (Euthanized):
Chickens, Hens and People
Why torture ourselves with this ugliness? Isn’t it isolated and rare? Because history unstudied, and unlearned from is destined to repeat itself. When
“A government [like the
Let the Dead Teach the Living
Doctors attending to the wounded in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina posted a hand-lettered sign on the wall: "Mortui Vivis Praecipant." It means, "Let the dead teach the living." And so should it be.