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Are you prepared?

I just witnessed one of the greatest natural disasters in U.S. history, Hurricane Sandy. Yes, I lost power, gas, food and water, but I gained a perspective on human nature — both good and bad.

BAD

  • We are animals, after all, and will protect our lives and our offspring at all costs.
  • Looters come from all walks of life.
  • We blame our elected officials far too much.
  • We hoard resources when they are scarce.
  • Priorities can get mixed up in a time of crisis.
  • Panic can set off some unlikely behaviors.
  • Petty differences are just that — petty.
  • Not listening to warning signs is a perilous endeavor.
  • Playing politics in a time of crisis is bad for your political health.

GOOD

  • Our neighbors will come to our side in a time of need.
  • People will put themselves in harm’s way to save another.
  • People have a real sense of duty.
  • Kindness can show itself in many ways.
  • Small gestures can make a big impact.
  • There is no such thing as being too prepared.
  • The human sense of survival is something to behold.
  • Patience is truly a virtue.
  • I am my brother’s keeper.
  • Good decisions are made from prepared minds.
  • We need each other to survive and prosper.
  • Groups (teams in particular) always outperform individuals.
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