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Tattered And Torn, Americans Band Together To Move Forward

It'll take more than natural disasters to make our spirit crumble.

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"America is being torn apart!"

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When this phrase is used in 2017, someone is generally talking about social or political opinions. Over the last month, however, that description can be taken at face value. In the past two weeks alone, the U.S. has been directly impacted by the landfall of two major hurricanes; the slow-moving category 3 Hurricane Harvey and the fast-moving, hard-hitting category 5 Hurricane Irma.

Where does the recovery even begin?

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Leaving dozens dead and countless lives destroyed, the effects of these two storms have left a mark on the South that it will still be feeling for years to come. Although incomparable to the damage seen in the Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos, Floridians and Texans do have their work cut out for them. Though no family is taking on the task of beginning to recover alone.

There is no "I" in "recovery".

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When it comes to homes or even entire cities being destroyed, working alone doesn’t feel like it yields much accomplishment. You may be able to finish a project or too, but the size of the cleanup task at hand can often feel like too big of a mountain to overcome. Though it’s in these times that the beauty of humanity truly does shine through.

As said by American Physicist John Bardeen, “The combined results of several people working together is often much more effective than could be that of an individual scientist working alone.”

Although many of those impacted by the storms are not, in fact, scientists, the meaning behind the quote still holds up well. It’s with this mindset that neighbors are helping one another dig out, using their many hands to make lighter work in an effort to regain what nature took from them so quickly.

Incredibly relevant "gobbledeygook".


When The Beatles released "Abbey Road" in 1969, they likely didn't have hurricane recovery efforts in mind. Over the years, fans have theorized as to what the song's verses actually mean, though Lennon himself dismissed the song as "gobbledeygook" thrown together in the studio. However, outside of that, the music behind the lyrics as well as some of the lyrics themselves echo the recovery efforts of volunteers and residents in Florida and Texas.

As a track, "Come Together" chugs along methodically, allowing the listener to really pay attention to the words and their larger meaning. It's tone isn't lively -

borderline somber. When a community is physically destroyed, life comes to a halt. The fast-paced flow of American life is replaced by an eerie silence padded only by the sound of the reconstruction and rescue operations going on in the area. In this semi-silence, people are given the time to think about every aspect of life. From the thankfulness to still be alive to the thoughts of how to regain what was lost, the period after a natural disaster just sort of chugs along just like McCartney's bass.

One particular lyric that permeates deeper than the others reads "Hold you in his arms, yeah, you can feel his disease". When seeing pictures and videos of these ravaged areas, the impact of storms like Harvey and Irma feel like a disease eating away at the heart and soul of an affected community.

Communities across the South are facing a seemingly insurmountable amount of recovery on every level of life. Though, just as "Come Together" says, now is the time to come together as one and power through the destruction brought by Mother Nature.

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