Usually in the aftermath of a disaster humans are evaluated as being kind and good-hearted. The rush to help fellow humans in the aftermath of terrible natural or man-made catastrophies is often pointed to as evidence that man is essentially good. However, in the recent case of the Myanmar (Burma) cyclone disaster we see evidence of man’s wickedness. The death toll from the cyclone is now above 43,000 people (outside estimates put the number above 100,000).

In the immediate aftermath of the storm the rulers of the country would not allow foreign aid into the country and it seems that the United States, with all of the incredible humanitarian resources at its disposable, was especially unwelcome. The first shipment of food from the United Nations was confiscated by the rulers and apparently nutrition rich biscuits are being replaced with low-quality locally produced biscuits that were then given to the survivors. It is absolutely amazing that in the face of such a catastrophe, for the sake of retaining power, humans would withhold from fellow humans what they so desperately need to live. Then again, if man is not essentially good but instead desperately wicked, this is perfectly understandable.

” The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” – Jeremiah 17:9