Try and imagine the numbers involved in a mass death. What does 80,000 dead in
Burma mean? Can anyone imagine the magnitude of the loss?
Here is Chris
Carlson’s photograph taken at an Obama rally held in Portland, Oregon. There are
about 75,000 people in that crowd and looking around the edges of the photo,
others may have been cropped out.
Now imagine those 80,000 Burmese, if you had
gathered them the day before the cyclone took their lives at a final rally, and
the picture would have looked something like this one. Such a scale of death is
hard to comprehend. None of us is wired to think in such large numbers before
falling off into abstraction. For a moment, think about the two million more
Burmese who are without shelter and food. The people who attended the Obama
rally weren’t not abstractions; neither are the Burmese people. These are people
just like you.
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