Three passions have governed my life:
The longings for love, the search for knowledge,
And unbearable pity for the suffering of humankind.
Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness.
In the union of love I have seen
In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision
Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined.
With equal passion I have sought knowledge.
I have wished to understand the hearts of [people].
I have wished to know why the stars shine.
Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens,
But always pity brought me back to earth;
Cries of pain reverberated in my heart
Of children in famine, of victims tortured
And of old people left helpless.
I long to alleviate the evil, but I cannot,
And I too suffer.
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
Thirty-five seconds is all it took to destroy Haiti and its economy. Over two-hundred thousand people were killed, and more than 400,000 were wounded after the worst earthquake since 1776 struck the Caribbean nation causing widespread destruction.
The film “Thirty-Five Long Seconds: Haiti’s Deadly Earthquake” is an insightful documentary featuring never-before-seen footage of Haiti’s National Palace collapsing on the tragic afternoon of 1.12.10
The United States has been leading the response to the Haitian earthquake for all of the reasons that we would expect: our geographical proximity, our competence at emergency response, and our innate generosity.