As Irma pounds its way up the Florida coast, my thoughts are with those caught up in its path.
As with all disasters like this, we see the best and the worst of people come out.
One sad story caught my eye this morning, of a city council opening up the floors of its parking lot for residents in low-lying areas to take shelter in. When they arrived, they found the space taken up by cars for sale, moved in there by an opportunistic car dealer.
This story seems to sum up the "me first" ethos that is taking over the world. All the arguments back and forth over the legality or otherwise of the car dealer's actions to me completely miss the point. The point is, in what universe does anyone think this kind of action is OK - a clear abuse of the intent behind a good gesture?
I think the real question we should be asking ourselves is - what kind of society I want to live in? What kind of values do I want to instill in my children?
Only by looking after each other as well as ourselves can we hope to stand against forces like Irma.