Is it that a natural catastrophe is less controversial and therefore so much easier to solve than a man made one?
If so, then the next few weeks and months will be a great lesson for future generations.
They will be able to look back and see that our generation responds more to explosive disasters than decade long declines and destitution.
They will see that we were generous when people were at their most desperate, but callous when we could have avoided the desperation.
And in a last cynical stab, they will see that charity could be competitive with governments and individuals giving to be seen as good, rather than being truly empathetic of another's plight.