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The Snow Job

Have you ever felt truly helpless?

Published: January 1, 2011


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Visitor Comments: 15

(15) David, January 18, 2011 7:49 AM

I feel helpless very often when faced with human indifference. That's what I'm having trouble accepting as an Act of God

(14) Anonymous, January 9, 2011 2:17 AM

why are people paralyzed????

I recall 2 different times when blizzards hit Baltimore and the city was paralyzed. Snow Vehicles stuck everywhere. But instead of bemoaning our fate, our entire block of neighbors got out their shovels, their brooms, and whatever else it took, and TOGETHER, UNITED, we cleared our street of snow and freed our stuck vehicles and cleaned our sidewalks and driveways. It took several hours and loads of effort! But we did it! In NY boroughs you have block upon block of apartments. You have a much denser population and many more people than our humble street in Baltimore that are capable of working together in the same way to clear the roads. Imagine if all NY'ers got off their tushes and instead of acting helpless and angry, started working with one another to help one another. The streets would have been cleared! Yeah, it's aggravating to know that one's taxes are not buying services that one is entitled to - but why should that prevent people from taking initiative? New Yorkers may have tough exteriors - but they're a bunch of lazy wusses!

(13) , January 7, 2011 5:27 PM

Loved this blog, or video. I'm glad you spoke on something I struggle with daily. I feel helpless and hopeless with the digital age. The audio feature on my tv and computer gets so low it's almost like a whisper. But I can hear everything else, talking in the hallways of my apt. even. I feel helpless period. No matter what I do, I still end up at square one. I'm just lost in this digital age, and lost period. But I have to remember Hashem. (smile).

(12) Jack Shiffman, January 5, 2011 7:43 AM

In times of calamity, people "pull" together.

I had a similar experience in Chcago during the winter of 1967. A 42 inch snowfall brought the city to its knees. People brought out their snowmobiles, skiis, track vehicles, whatever to bring needed food to the poor who could not afford to keep supplies in their larder. Many treated it as an adventurous experience. It seems that people have to get along when they're " in the same boat".

(11) Grampy, January 5, 2011 4:34 AM

Your Study

I disagree with Matisyahu Bear (Comment #9). A perfectly organized library and study is a sign that nothing gets done there, not even reading. Besides, it looks just fine to us. More importantly, this topic has applications in other areas besides snowstorms. Consider Israelis living in Ashqelon and Sderut. Being helpless and hopeless is paralyzing and can be very detrimental to ones health. Flying in an airplane at 40,000 feet in a storm can have the same effect on one's mental health. To choose such an idiotic response as a few books laying on their side as an appropriate comment adds absolutely nothing of value to this discussion.

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