Friday, January 07, 2005 | Society | Be charitable - and deliver justice too | Society | Be charitable - and deliver justice too: "The only word which can capture this strange moment of horror and hope in human history is kairos, the Greek word for time, the closest translation of which is crisis. The Greek understanding of kairos, as opposed to the chronos of ordinary time, is time laden with meaning and choices. It offers a dramatic opportunity for action and for change.
What the tsunami and its aftermath has done is crash through the entrenched self-absorption of western nations. How it has done so - the involvement of tourists on their Christmas holidays, the dramatic amateur video footage - is irrelevant. The point is that billions of human beings across the globe have identified with the terrible tragedies of human beings just like themselves. "


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