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Tall Skinny Kiwi: “Lets Love Each Other!” (Report from the Earthquake)

March 5, 2011

Tall Skinny Kiwi: “Lets Love Each Other!”: Christian Maori Leader on Christchurch Earthquake.

It is often the case that disaster breaks down common societal walls (such as religious, racial and age) and knits us into a bond of commonality. This happened to our nation on 9-11 and it is happening to believers in New Zealand as they work through the tragedies of the recent earthquake.

Why do you think this happens? Here are my two theories…I am sure there are more:

  • When we face emotional crises bigger than our capacity to handle, we often seek solace and support in others. When the crisis is of national or international scope, we are willing to lay down as many differences as necessary to gain that support.
  • One word: Perspective.

I read a report recently of soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division in Europe during World War 2. In one battle near Solerno, Italy, two units who had been racially segregated were blended together in a vicious and, ultimately, decisive victory. Many of those men, who had grown up hating and ignoring the other race, became lifelong friends, ignoring societal stigmata against such relationships.

So do you have a story that tells of when you overcame barriers in a crisis?

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