Clarity, huh? The math really distorted my point at the end. Alright, that’s what I get for hitting send before triple checking and for even attempting to write a posting till the house is empty…..
But now everyone is gone, so let me try to fix that last sentence with all the percent stuff. My point was this: I believe that there were something around 3,000 folks killed at the WTC. And those 3,000 lived all over the metro area, which has about 16 million folks. It’s not a wonder that I didn’t directly know anyone therefore.
But these 100,000 homes just on Long Island alone? Not considering the horror of what’s happened in the rest of the metro area: Connecticut, Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and most especially, Staten Island? It is not a wonder, not an oddity, that I knew three folks who lost their houses. The oddity with these numbers would be if I didn’t know anyone.
That’s how enormous and widespread the destruction has been in the metro area.
And comprehending numbers that big or so far out of our personal experience requires bringing it down to some perspective that is personal. (Which, again, is why I do this blog in the first place: to give folks true perspective on what it means to be multiply betrayed.)