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It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new.
But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful.
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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Things To Learn From Japan

from Encore ! Life


1. THE CALM

Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.


2. THE DIGNITY


Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.


3. THE ABILITY


The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.

4. THE GRACE


People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.


5. THE ORDER


No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.


6. THE SACRIFICE


Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?


7. THE TENDERNESS


Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.


8. THE TRAINING


The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.


9. THE MEDIA


They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.


10. THE CONSCIENCE


When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly.


5 comments:

  1. My goal is to Honor the Japanese People.

    I am not interested in discussing the Government of Japan , nor do I wish comments of a political nature on this post.
    Thank you for your consideration.

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  2. Inspiring and to be aspired to by all of us with the Everyman for himself mentality. I am truly amazed by the example of the Japanese people. I have never been to japan, but I imagine it is a carry over from their daily life and philosophy and teachings.

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  3. We, in the Western world, can learn a lot from the people in Japan.

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  4. danielle kuriharaMarch 31, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    I'm a Canadian living in the southwest of Japan. We didn't feel a thing here, thankfully. My husband is Japanese and he's proud of how his people acted but he said "it's natural".

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  5. danielle, I am glad to hear that you and your husband are fine.
    I think he has every right to feel proud of how his people/ his nation has acted.
    And how lovely that people behave that way, "naturally" ..
    My daughter in- law is Japanese, the family is fine, but the loss is so terrible .. My heart breaks every day for the People of Japan.
    Thank you for your note and please take care.

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