Tornado Tragedy Reminds Us What's Real

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 02:03 PM

By Jon Friedman

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Yes, politics matter. Of course, politics make a difference in all of our lives — sometimes, it seems, for better or for worse — and we need to monitor the important people in Washington and what they do and say. Sometimes we need to leave behind politics for a moment or two.
The Oklahoma tornado tragedy underscores what is real in the world. 
The devastation of the terrible event in the heartland should remind us what we need to think about. It is the most horrendous wake-up call imaginable, but a wake-up call just the same.
For a few days, at the very least, let's take a break from the rambunctious accusations that don't seem to lead us anywhere and focus on Oklahoma — concentrate on something real, that is.
These folks in the tornado-ravaged towns demand and deserve the nation's respect after the loss that they have had to experience this week.
Dozens of people were killed and there has been untold property damage in the region. It was simply too awful to be real. The television footage looked like something from "Twister" or some Hollywood movie. It didn't seem real, that's for sure.
Buildings that were there last week are now gone for good. It's impossible to sit in a comfortable setting far from Oklahoma and imagine what it must be like. Yet we can.
Hurricane Sandy last autumn was also a wake-up call or mammoth proportions. It, too, reminded us that people matter more than politics. It was a hard lesson but America pulled together magnificently. Now it's time to do it all over again.
It occurred, you'll remember, just as America planned to go to the polls and elect a president. For a brief time, political issues and arguments were swept aside by what really mattered. The nation should have felt proud of its collective resolve. And then, the show went on. We elected a president. But we did what was right first.
Once again, we have to put aside the political wrangling for a bit. It can wait. It will surely still be there later on. Nothing can stop the political discourse for long, after all. 
Jon Friedman writes the Media Matrix blog for He is also the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)Invention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution." Read more reports from Jon Friedman — Click Here Now.

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