"The thin veneer of civilization" by Timothy Ash and Leviathan in Lousiana by George Will. Respond to the idea that the fabric of society is very thin and easily torn.

Essay by chloe21082College, UndergraduateA+, November 2005

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I think there are always lessons to be learned, whether it is from natural disasters, war, or terrorist attacks. But it seems as if the lessons learned are always forgotten. Maybe not the people who experienced it first hand, but the rest of the world seems to move on. It becomes another page in our already sad history. I could agree with both Ash and Will. But I agree most with Ash's view; there are going to be more breakdowns of civilization in the future.

A major impact on the United States has been the terrorist attacks on September 11. Though we had no major rioting, looting or raping during this crisis, it took a toll on everyone. Then there was the war in Iraq. It seems there hasn't been major breakdowns here either. Unless you count the way the U.S. military degraded, humiliated and dehumanized the prisoners at Abu Graib.

The war impacted the soldiers who are in Iraq, but hasn't seemed to take a huge effect on our civilization. Then the next major event, that I can recall, is Katrina. But right before Katrina, there was a tornado here in Wyoming that wiped out many, many homes in the community of Wright. This town didn't start looting or raping. They didn't jump at the chance to start acting uncivilized. They cleaned up and started to rebuild their lives and homes again. Granted it won't be as easy for New Orleans because it was damaged with water, but it's just the concept of it. How is there such a huge difference that one community can pull together and rebuild, while another community steals, rapes or even kills each other?

Hurricane Katrina gave us a lesson on how close humans are to "falling through the wafer thin crust...