The measure of a society is not in the sophistication of its material culture nor the rise in its quality of life. It is in the consideration it shows for its weakest and most vulnerable members.
\nRegarding the recent disaster in our neighboring countries in Asia, what is our attitude toward this tragedy in Taiwan?
\nThere are simply too many things in this world that cause concern. But as members of the world community, we need to consider these issues, which affect the whole of humanity. But living in Taiwan, where is our effort directed? What are we concerned about? We are concerned about whether we are called Taiwan or China. Whether we are Taiwanese or Chinese. Whether we have 26 or 27 diplomatic allies.
\nThe loss of life from the earthquake off Sumatra and the associated tsunamis is the highest of any such event in many decades. Even if the victims survive the immediate situation, the job of rebuilding their homes and assuaging the grief of their loss will be long and hard. This should not be difficult to understand by people who have experienced the 921 Earthquake. Taiwan's charitable organizations responded so rapidly and warm-heartedly in providing aid to the devastated areas.
\nCompared to the compassion of the people, the government's performance seems to have come up short. Taiwan is constantly saying that it wants to "engage with the world," so isn't this time, when much of Asia is engulfed in disaster, a good time to act? The government need only divert its generous diplomatic budget, or its arms procurement budget, and it would be able to assist innumerable people engulfed by the disaster. Could any action be more meaningful?
\nI recall reading about Mark Chen (
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