disasters, trials of
common fate, can create bonds
Today’s haiku comes from this snippet of text.
New bonds of community are often created by disaster, as Rebecca Solnit charts in A Paradise Built in Hell.
The shanty town built by survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the self-organised evacuations New Yorkers arranged with strangers after 9/11, show how people facing a common fate can see themselves as belonging to a single group.
Like the Covid-19 mutual aid groups we see today, these altruistic communities provide glimpses of an alternative world.
From the article, “People power: the best books about the allure of crowds and community“