Why a man bought 100 generators: The urgency of true community


A man walked into a Costco store in Florida and bought one hundred generators. They cost him $450 each. Why would one person need one hundred generators? He wouldn’t, but people in the Bahamas would.

He sent them all there by boat, but that’s where the story ends. He doesn’t want to be named, asking that people focus on helping those affected by Hurricane Dorian. 

Meanwhile, a six-year-old boy in South Carolina was saving up for a trip to Disney World when Hurricane Dorian struck the US. He decided to use the money to feed evacuees instead. 

While the storm is expected to finally dissipate tomorrow, its effects will be felt for years. As will the goodwill of those who chose to serve those in need. 

When we extend our community to hurting people, we change their world and ours. 

Why we play tennis but watch football 

The National Football League kicked off its first Sunday games yesterday. The college football season continued the previous day. NFL games are watched by nearly sixteen million viewers; college football is watched by more than fifteen million fans as well

The US Open tennis finals were played over the weekend as well, with Serena Williams losing to Bianca Andreescu in an upset on Saturday and Rafael Nadal edging Daniil Medvedev to win his nineteenth Grand Slam title on Sunday. Last year’s women’s final drew three million viewers; the men were watched by two million. 

Nearly eighteen million Americans play tennis, while there are just over one million football players of all ages in the US. And yet, football dwarfs tennis as a spectator sport. 

I think I know one reason why. 

We in Dallas like to say of the Cowboys when they are victorious that “we” won. We find enormous solidarity and community with our favorite team. If the Cowboys lose, however, I’ve noticed that many of us say “they” lost.

In an existentialist culture that focuses on the individual above all else,…

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