By Reverend Paul N. Papas II
30 January 2023
It’s always good to do the right thing.
I watched an older couple as they waited for the bus. A homeless lady in her 30s walked passed the bus stop. The couple was sitting waiting for the bus with their grocery bags. The homeless lady engaged the couple in conversation as she was hungry and seeking food. The couple offered her some food items from their grocery shopping. The homeless lady ripped open the offered food packaging and ate as if she had not eaten in days. The homeless lady ate, was grateful and went on her way. The couple probably did more than most would have when they did the right thing and helped the homeless lady. The couple could have an angel to the homeless lady. I had not seen the three of them before or since.
Great Molasses Flood, disaster in Boston that occurred after a storage tank collapsed on January 15, 1919, sending more than two million gallons of molasses flowing through the city’s North End. The molasses careened through the street at over 30 mph, sweeping away railcars, buildings, people and animals. The deluge caused extensive damage and killed 21 people and 150 injured.
Suddenly, the riveted bolts holding the bottom of the tank exploded, shooting out like bullets, and the hot molasses rushed out. The bolts and molasses collapsed the over trains uprights and the first floor of a nearby firehouse.
The storage tank was made with undersize steel and rushed to meet a wartime deadline. The person overseeing the construction only had a finance background. The Great Molasses Flood disaster was cause by people not doing the right thing; they should have taken more care in designing, building with the proper materials and had proper construction oversight.
Chernobyl was another engineering disaster that affected other countries as the weather carried contaminates to other continents. Had they done the right thing Chernobyl would have been engineered better and the situation been addressed early and the damage could have been averted or contained.
The Coconut Grove Fire Disaster was estimated that more than 1000 persons were inside the Grove at the time of the fire. As with the Melody Lounge, panic ensued and customers attempted to find an exit. Unfortunately, many exits were either locked shut or were not easily indentified or accessed by the crowd. The fire now had complete control of the premises, with a tremendous rise in temperature and high levels of toxic gas. Observers outside could only watch in horror as relatives and friends were crushed by the weight of the crowd surging against the jammed door.
The Fire Department initially went to the wrong location. The small, congested streets in the area of the Grove quickly became clogged with fire apparatus and other emergency vehicles. The fire was extinguished in a matter of minutes, but the damage had already been done. Rescue operations began immediately, but the full horror of what awaited the firefighters inside the building was not fully realized for a period of time. Many patrons who were able to exit under their own power collapsed in the street and stacks of bodies, both living and dead, were buried shoulder-high at many of the exits. Getting inside to help proved nearly as difficult as getting out.
A busboy thought he was doing the right thing by using a match to check a bulb on a tree, instead started the disaster by lighting the tree on fire which ignited the ceiling. If the owner had done the right thing the exits would not have been locked or blocked saving many lives.
Today we have an ever increasing amount people who go out of their way to harm others in the name of power and control, just like an abuser, a bully, in attempt to destroy our way of life. On purpose they are doing the wrong thing as they try to destroy our way of life.
Just because someone else does not do the right thing that does not mean you are relieved of your responsibility to do the right thing.
Together we can right the ship by doing the right thing.
“It doesn’t matter what rights you have under the Constitution of the U.S., if the government can punish you for exercising those rights. And it doesn’t matter what limits the Constitution puts on government officials’ power, if they can exceed those limits without any adverse consequences”. —Thomas Sowell
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Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ)
www.narrowpathministries.org and www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org