Wednesday 17th October 2018
LI: To understand the dignity of the human person.
I think not enough money was being spent on warnings because Indonesia has less money and the government spent more money on other things than people. What is the point of having a warning system if you don’t maintain it? In addition, they only have a maintenance budget for 70 out of 170 sensors.
In the UK it wold be different for a few reasons. First, the UK has a higher GDP and would afford maintenance for the sirens. Secondly, we have better healthcare and infrastructure. Thirdly, our weather patterns are different but it might change due to the impact we have on the environment. Finally, our school is quite far away from the sea.
However, it would have happened if the government was still cutting back budgets, Grenfell still wasn’t dealt with as it could have and London is so heavily populated that damage and effects could be worse. Imagine 8.25 million people fleeing the UK by car!
Our responsibility is to help and support countries in need and put people before possessions. Would you like to lose your possessions or your life? It’s pretty obvious but for some people it is hard. In Matthew 6:24 it says, ‘No one can serve two masters. Either they will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.' In this disaster not enough money was spent on sirens and the people didn’t evacuate.
Pope Francis quotes that, ‘Things have a price and can be for sale but people have a dignity that is priceless and worth far more than things.’ People are irreplaceable so once their gone their gone. This is why we should help them and let them outlive their lives, possibly for a better future.
Our responsibility is to love God and people instead of money. We can use money, but use it in a way to help, donate and support people. We must have helped with the maintenance as it would of being effective. Like Pope Francis says, ‘Things have a price and can be for sale but people have a dignity that is priceless and worth far more than things.’