In the movies when people are unconscious, they are woke up by throwing water on their faces.
In this world, there's been not only bad stewardship(e.g. more pollution, etc.)over the earth, but great tolerance for povery, disease and war.
The rich nations(e.g. the U.S.)want to improve poorer nations on their terms(e.g. look at the restrictions on importation of goods from third world countries).
Millions have died in Cambodia, Rwanda, and the Congo with the G7 nations hardly noticing.
Man's inhumanity to man comes to the surface only when it affects us personally.
Fortunately, natural disasters communicate to the humanity in all of us.(It could happen to anyone.)
When the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, pestilence and death often follow.
If we're going to make the world a better place to live in, we have to think of ourselves as citizens of the earth rather than "a blessed inhabitant" of "a blessed country." No one is that blest on this planet. A human can be terminated in a thousand ways that have nothing to do with war or natural disasters.
Better stewardship of the earth and humanity is the answer. We can do a great deal for our fellow man if the will is there. For what we can't do, we must ask God and his angels to do.
The power of belief must be channelled towards God who can unleash positive long term changes in the human condition.
The Tsunami was a big wake up call for all of us. It's time to decide what kind of world we want to wake up to in the future.