In Praise Of: The People of Japan

Japanese whirlpool post tsunami

In light of the recent events occurring in Japan… first the 9.0 earthquake, followed by a thrity foot tsunami and now the threat of an impending nuclear meltdown at it’s Daiichi power plant… I have been struck by how well the Japanese people have dealt it.

Granted, being in California I don’t have any first hand knowledge of what’s happening on the street, but what I have not seen is what impresses me the most.  No looting, no riots, no violence at all… simply reserved concern and a helping hand for society.  What a refreshing change from what we in the U.S. witnessed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters that mother nature has seen fit to deposit our way.

For that, I can do nothing but offer praise.  I have a bit of scorn for those of us here in the U.S. who don’t seem to understand that this does not involve us and are panicking with regards to nuclear fallout with little or no concern for the people it is directly affecting… but I suppose that is our way… as repugnant as it seems at times.

At a time when 50 workers at the nuclear plant have made a decision to stay and control the reactors, knowing exactly what the outcome may/will be… knowing that these workers are making (very present tense) an extraordinary existential choice with regards to their fellow man… I am awed.  They are showing us the best of what humanity can offer, and I believe we should all regard that act as the pinnacle of what we can become, and what we are.

Arigato Nihon,
Cornelius J. Blahg-san

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