"Rich or poor, white or brown, young or old, man or woman, Hindu or Christian--we are all totally at [nature's] mercy...."Nikky Singh, Religious Studies
Nikky-Guninder K. Singh, Crawford Family Professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies, said the tsunami tells us that we must find ways to live with nature and each other.
"We have erected narrow walls within which we function"separated from nature, history, and our neighbors across the Atlantic and the Pacific," Singh said. "Sediments of class, caste, race, sex have kept human societies oppressed and segregated. We have had a very warped view of ourselves. The tsunami surge, with its etymological roots in the Japanese language and its hidden origins in the depths of the Indian Ocean, has violently attacked our anthropocentric and hierarchical assumptions. We humans are not the center of the universe and cannot control the awesome power of nature. Rich or poor, white or brown, young or old, man or woman, Hindu or Christian"we are all totally at her mercy. . . ."
- For Professor Nikky Singh's reflection on the tsunami disaster, go www.colby.edu/mag/singh.
- Brian Davidson '05 covered the service for the Morning Sentinel. His story is online at http://morningsentinel.mainetoday.com/news/local/1286195.shtml.
- For information about Ruani Freeman's efforts to assist in the tsunami relief, go to www.sahanaproject.org.