Another fire -- the Sheep Fire -- is burning on the outskirts of Los Angeles. This will bring another outpouring of emotion from people in our city.
This explosion of caring is not an accident, and it's not something to be shrugged off or taken for granted.
It's something I've been observing for thirty-eight years in disaster relief. To not act is more damaging to an individual confronted with a crisis than to act. When you see something that disturbs you, the adrenaline is a physiological reminder to pay attention, to respond, not to shut down. Adrenaline at first serves as a wake-up call, and then as an energy source to power our response, but if that energy goes undeployed, then it becomes emotionally corrosive, like an acid.