Hurricane Katrina has devastated parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
I have been watching the non-stop coverage on the news, seeing flooded streets and shredded buildings. I have been listening to the non-stop coverage on the radio, hearing interviews of survivors and their individual tales of hardship.
I have been thinking about the people stranded on their rooftops still in need of rescue, the people that evacuated that can not go home, the people that have no electricity or supplies, the people searching for loved ones and the looters that add insult to injury.
Of all the tragedies, the one preventable hardship, looting, seems the most damaging. So damaging, because looters cause even the strongest to lose faith in their fellow man.
While most are thinking about helping others, looters are thinking only of themselves and material goods.
While most are wondering how they will get back to their homes, get back to their loved ones… even get back to work, looters are wondering how much electronic equipment and clothes they can carry.
While most are waiting, looters are scheming. While most are sad, looters are celebrating.
Hurricanes are natural disasters. Looters are unnatural disasters.