Friday, 18 March 2011

Japanese People Put The World To Shame

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What has happened in Japan over the last week or so is a tragedy on epic proportions no one is denying that. After being hit by a 33ft tsunami which followed an earthquake that hit 8.9 on the Richter scale not to mention the aftershokes which are measuring around the 5+ mark Japan is now in a state of emergency. As if this was not enough now there is the real threat of radiation poisoning or sickness as the cores of four of the six reactors at the Fukushima 1 plant have either exploded or suffered a partial melt down causing the Japanese authorities to raise the threat level in the Fukushima area from 4 to 5. The shops and stores are running out of food and supplies if they have not all ready ran out and yet the people of Japan in the face of unparalleled adversity have shown their true colours by remaining calm, collected and focused on what needs to be done next.

I have no doubt that if this had happened in any other part of the world, especially over here in the West that by now we would be under Marshal law with curfews imposed, our movements would be restricted and armed police and soldiers would be patrolling our streets in an attempt to stop the luting of commercial properties and areas as we saw in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans when we as Westerners took to mob rule, dont get me wrong I am not belittling what happened in New Orleans, this too was a tragedy.

If anything good can be found from what has happened and is still happening in Japan over the last week it would be the attitude of the people of Japan as they joined together to help each other regardless of the odds against them and in doing so has put the rest of the civilized world to shame. There is much we could learn here, if we are willing to.

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