Masai is experiencing what is known as a quarter-life crisis. This stage of life often comes with disillusionment at society, authority, and realizing how realistic their dreams and aspirations are(or aren’t), and/or existence in general. Children(esp. teenagers) often experience this as well but it comes in full force as one learns much more about how the world works.
Sandman’s close friend, Alice, wasn’t going to let the situation get the best of her. Nearly all of her time and spare cash went to organizing an effort to those affected by the earthquake. Her reasoning was that standing by and doing nothing was akin to causing the destruction that ruined so many lives in the first place. Sandman shared the same sentiment.
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Here Sandman is showing how we as Americans become apathetic to the troubles occuring outside our borders. When news of the 2010 Haiti earthquake first hit many people donated to charity organizations such as the Red Cross, Food for the Poor, Habitat for Humanity, etc
But as time marched forward people moved on with their lives and forgot those still suffering from the after effects of the earthquake. The term “fugazi” basically means false or fake. Our response to the disaster wasn’t disingenuous but we were simply to detached from the reality of the situation.