The earthquakes in Haiti have undoubtedly been hugely tragic. Nobody knows for sure how many have died, are wounded, or have lost loved ones. Entire…

The earthquakes in Haiti have undoubtedly been hugely tragic. Nobody knows for sure how many have died, are wounded, or have lost loved ones. Entire neighborhoods have been toppled, and the damage wreaked on the island has been catastrophic. In the wake of such a disaster, the entire globe responded admirably. Donations have poured in from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe. Still, one can’t help but wonder what will happen after the news cameras leave Haiti. It’s important that we don’t just forget about the island after tossing some money its way. Haiti has been impoverished for nearly its entire history, and has largely been ignored. Part of the earthquake’s destructiveness was due to a lack of safeguards in Haiti. In order to stop future disasters before they occur, we need to take preventative steps. Part of protecting ourselves from such calamities is understanding that we’re united, but not only in unfortunate circumstances. Ideally, we would treat one another every day with the compassion we show in trying circumstances.

– Will