“I wish we had listened. I wish we had left.”

(Inspired by a post today at Democratic Underground.)

A survivor of Sandy in New York said that in an interview. He and his wife and child remained in their home, until another house washed off its foundation and crashed into theirs. Then they went out into the storm, and made it to their neighborhood church to wait it out.

We’re a self-reliant species. We want to stay and protect ourselves and our own. And sometimes that is a terrible decision.

But how does one make that decision: to flee or stay, to trust others to keep you and yours safe?

Hindsight is 20/20. The “right” decision is always clear, once it no longer needs to be made. It’s hard to fault anyone who made such a decision in the heat of the moment.

Decisions were made. Now we move on. Now it’s time to come together and help.

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