Terrorist attacks. Tsunamis. Hurricanes.
These all suck, and the damage to people, places, and things is tragic.
It's great that so many nations, individuals, and groups mobilize to help.
Well, I can't argue with any of that.
At the same time, I can't help feeling a little annoyed by all this high-profile awfulizing. It's the long term problems, not the photogenic disasters, that worry me.
Which will kill more people (or ruin more lives) this year...environmental degradation, or hurricanes?...hunger, or tsunamis?...terrorist attacks, or AIDS?
How many nonprofit organizations that fight long term problems will lose funding this year, because donors feel that it's more emotionally satisfying to give money for disaster relief?