Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Lets Loose Torrent Of Taboo Emotions

OAKLAND, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – While survivors of Hurricane Katrina clear away the death and destruction, one woman is clearly stating how people might really be feeling in reference to the disaster.

Anneli Rufus, author of the new book, The Farewell Chronicles (Marlowe & Company) – which details how people really react to death – says some people respond to kicking the bucket with taboo emotions like sarcasm and elation, not sadness and grief.

Rufus says catastrophes like Katrina force us to think about taking a “dirt nap” and says when last year’s tsunami in Asia hit, some people’s response wasn’t an outpouring of emotion but instead was, “Who cares?”

Likewise, during an earthquake she says some people will think, “There’s a new shoreline. I can build a house on it.”

Rufus claims it’s only been in the past 50 to 100 years that people show anything but grief, mainly because people are no longer up-close-and-personal with the dead – like having to wrap them in a burial shroud.

As she explains it, “That’s what changed our attitudes.”

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