At the end of August nobody could miss the terrible weather event that took place in Texas. This storm did a lot of damage in the region of Houston. Many pictures and videos of this disaster have been broadcast on television, on the Internet, on the radio or in newspapers. The Houston area was drowned under the water. Americans and the whole world were shocked by this disaster and Houston was the focus of attention of many reporters all around the world.
According to the first estimates, the storm caused at least 44 deaths, many injured people and more than one million victims. Many military and police officers have come to help thousands of Texans trapped by the floods caused by Hurricane Harvey.
On the other hand, many volunteers are involved in helping people who lost everything during this storm. Camp beds were installed in non-flooded public buildings. In addition, many people have “left their lives behind” to help those in difficulty. Some carry families on their boats, others save babies or helped in emergency shelters. Some people even drove more than 5 hours to help rescue.
The Texans have a very collective spirit in general, but this is even more visible in this type of disaster. This type of behavior makes me rethink about Kemnis’s text “Barn Raising” in which the author speaks essentially about the spirit of community. Kemnis explains in this text that each one is useful in one society and needs others, even if he does not like it. This is how he defines the community. In this type of community there is no place for individualism or egoism. Everyone has to make their own contribution and this will inevitably benefit society. This is totally the case in Texas when many people volunteer to help others who are in a worse situation than they are. They are ready to welcome them home, give them food, help them find their family, even if they do not know each other. Two characteristics of the community approach to democracy are visible following this event. The first point is that one can always accomplish more with a group of people. That’s what’s happening in Texas right now. Thanks to a great mobilization, many people were saved from the floods. On the other hand, the second characteristic is that individualism comes in second place. People do not stay at home, but come out to help people in trouble. The principle of civil republicanism rests on a common good which in this case represents the security of the population in Texas. In moments like this, there are no more social classes as described by Sumner. Everybody is at the same lever on the social stairs.
In addition to the Texans, it is a whole country that supports this state through donations of clothing, food or money. US President Donald Trump also traveled to Houston to support the people and expressed his immense joy in the effectiveness of relief services.
There is no doubt that this storm has created a strong spirit within the Texas community, but also within the United States.