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The World is Watching, Are They Paying Attention?

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The tiny nation of Japan is displaying remarkable strength and character in the wake of their disaster.  They are reeling from the effects and yet nowhere have I seen civilians nor government officials pointing fingers and demanding explanations.

Unlike the natural disasters we’ve seen here in the United States, their citizens are not blaming their government.  They are not screaming into television cameras demanding to know where the aid is.  No one is questioning the government’s commitment to it’s people. They are coming together, crying together, and figuring out where to go from here. Together.  I am in awe.

The world is watching you, Japan.  I hope we are paying attention.  I hope we are learning that this, this is the way to respond to natural disaster. 

“We will rebuild Japan from scratch. In our history, this small island nation has made miraculous economic growth thanks to the efforts of all Japanese citizens. That is how Japan was built.”- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan

“The unprecedented scale of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, frankly speaking, were among many things that happened that had not been anticipated under our disaster management contingency plans.  In hindsight, we could have moved a little quicker in assessing the situation and coordinating all that information and provided it faster.”  Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano

As Tokyo Electric Power Company Managing Director, Akio Komiri, leaves a press conference he breaks down into tears.  The tears are over news that the nuclear disaster has reached levels that they now admit will kill Japan’s citizens.  I cannot imagine the level of stress, fear and guilt that this man feels.  As I look at this picture tears stream down my own face.  My heart breaks for him. No matter how well prepared you think you are, you can never be prepared enough.  When nature collides with man it is an uncontrollable, unpredictable force. I cry with you Mr. Komiri. You and the Japanese people have my deepest respect. 

Tokyo Electric Power Company Managing Director Akio Komiri
 
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5 thoughts on “The World is Watching, Are They Paying Attention?

  1. Well said D'Ma! It does seem that some of the US citizens should do less whining and more doing in crises. That same thought pattern is world-wide to some extent, like with what's happening in Libya, expecting the US government to step in and make things right.In a way, that's a compliment to our government. We do some things so well that we are seen as the only ones who can do them.Yet as much as it seems like whining, I think it is an important view to be heard, in its proper priority. Those cries do inspire us to push to become even better than before.I'm right there with you though. My heart goes out to Akio Komiri. Someone with that much feeling must not be treated as a scapegoat, as it is exactly people like Mr. Komiri who will push hardest to implement improvements based on the lessons learned in this tragedy.

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  2. I've been saddened at seeing all the hullabaloo surrounding Rob Bell's books and all the discussions on hell seem completely ill-timed and inappropriate when we should be mourning the lives lost in Japan's crisis, not reminding everyone about hell. I wonder, had the tsunami struck america, would we still all be talking about hell?

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  3. TWF,I agree with you about us doing things well and others depending on our government. I don't have a problem with our country being looked at in that manner and wanting out help. It's very flattering in some respects.More or less what I was talking about those who get in front of the camera with a sense of entitlement demanding their "due" or pointing fingers at the government or those who seem to be more fortunate than they proclaiming some sort of conspiracy a la hurricane Katrina. Yes, our government ordered up that hurricane especially for New Orleans. I don't mean any of that to be unsympathetic. But I could be more sympathetic if they were not so hostile. I'm also not generalizing. I'm smart enough to figure out the ones who were screaming were getting face time with the camera.LAC,"the discussions on hell seem completely ill-timed and inappropriate when we should be mourning the lives lost in Japan's crisis, not reminding everyone about hell. I wonder, had the tsunami struck america, would we still all be talking about hell?"Yes, again a la hurricane Katrina. We had a woman in our Sunday School class, the "hell is hot" lady, who declared that God had sent the hurricane to cleanse New Orleans of all the filth and sin in that city. I wanted to know when he was cleaning out the rest of America???

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  4. Oh, and LAC, I was a bit concerned following her logic that he might be headed to my town next! Scary stuff, that.

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  5. TWF,I agree with you about us doing things well and others depending on our government. I don't have a problem with our country being looked at in that manner and wanting out help. It's very flattering in some respects.More or less what I was talking about those who get in front of the camera with a sense of entitlement demanding their "due" or pointing fingers at the government or those who seem to be more fortunate than they proclaiming some sort of conspiracy a la hurricane Katrina. Yes, our government ordered up that hurricane especially for New Orleans. I don't mean any of that to be unsympathetic. But I could be more sympathetic if they were not so hostile. I'm also not generalizing. I'm smart enough to figure out the ones who were screaming were getting face time with the camera.LAC,"the discussions on hell seem completely ill-timed and inappropriate when we should be mourning the lives lost in Japan's crisis, not reminding everyone about hell. I wonder, had the tsunami struck america, would we still all be talking about hell?"Yes, again a la hurricane Katrina. We had a woman in our Sunday School class, the "hell is hot" lady, who declared that God had sent the hurricane to cleanse New Orleans of all the filth and sin in that city. I wanted to know when he was cleaning out the rest of America???

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