Sending thoughts and prayers,
In times of pain and terror,
Helps no one, I fear.
This haiku is a result of my conflicted thoughts on the outpouring of emotion in the wake of cataclysmic world events. On the one hand, I find it reassuring that the world reacts with love and compassion when disaster strikes; on the other, are words really enough? Is it enough just to update the Facebook profile photo? Is it enough to retweet a good news story about a cat rescued from the aftermath of a hurricane? What can we possibly do, often from the other side of the world, to lend our support?
Letting people know that my thoughts are with them might be a good start … but actions speak louder than words.