- Subject index
Empathy in the Global World: An Intercultural Perspective is ideal for a wide range of courses, including Conflict/Negotiation/Mediation, Intercultural Communication, and Interpersonal Communication.
Chapter 6: Catastrophes, Tsunamis, and Katrinas
Catastrophes, Tsunamis, and Katrinas
The Moral Imperative
Thirty million people devastated by floods in Bangladesh in 1998, 20,000 people killed in an earthquake in Pakistan in 2005, 1,464 victims perished in New Orleans in Louisiana in 2006, 150,000 individuals killed by tsunamis in 2004, and 3 million people displaced by war in Iraq. This partial listing of natural and manmade catastrophes speaks achingly to and illustrates a need for what Hume (1751) called “a tender sympathy with others and a generous concern for our kind and species” perhaps at no other time in recent history. The tsunami especially called to mind events of enormous, biblical proportions as people tried to make sense of a world beset by misery and disasters.
Trying to cope with ...