Making Sense of Disaster

Fr. Schall asks all the questions that could be asked . . .but leaves us to discuss amongst ourselves. From why some die in disasters and some escape, to why there are disasters at all, to political questions such as this.
The subject of who aids whom across the world is one in need of much attention for it contains a philosophic lesson of great significance. Whether anyone likes to admit it or not, the Untied States has become the chief source of international aid. It usually has the resources and the delivery capability, and yes, often, the heart. What is the source of this notion that wherever someone is in trouble because of a disaster, help ought to be sent? Even though it is secularized, it probably is Christian charity in ultimate inspiration. Not every nation or culture rushes to the aid of others. And often the question is, "is it aid or a quid pro quo?"