northanger (northanger) wrote,

At one point Friday

... the evacuation was interrupted briefly when school buses rolled up so some 700 guests and employees from the Hyatt Hotel could move to the head of the evacuation line — much to the amazement of those who had been crammed in the stinking Superdome since last Sunday. {Guardsmen Halt Evacuation at Superdome}

imagine: someone's got a stopwatch counting off the seconds, minutes, hours, days & weeks ... it takes for you (and me) to go back to normal. our threshold for horror & disbelief has just been increased. remember that a monkey was the first american astronaunt to die in space. (interesting, the FEMA director kept saying: they just kept coming out of the woodwork, we didn't know they were there).

there was a study done where participants gave electric shocks to other people. they didn't know it was all an act. i think they wanted to figure out how long it would take for someone to stop doing something if it was hurting another person. something about the ability to buck authority.

lately, because of the war, the guantlet question has been what are you willing to die for?

maybe the question is how long does it take (& what does it take) for you to get out of your comfort zone? so much out of your comfort zone your life does a complete 180°.


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