The Good Samaritans

Natural disasters are terrible things but what ultimately defines us is not what happens to us but how we react. After the tsunami hit, the world donated billions of dollars; Americans alone gave $1.6 billion, more than to any other disaster overseas. And four months after Hurricane Katrina, the donations approach $3 billion. This got me to thinking about the nature of giving, and what makes for temporary relief vs. lasting change. Sudden disasters get the big headlines, but day after day other tragedies of avoidable dimensions unfold: the one child who dies of malaria in Africa every 29 seconds, the one person...

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