Sunday, March 13, 2011

日本

Sometimes it seems like months go by without anything of note happening in the world. Other times, the major, globally important events stack up one on top of the other so quickly that even the news anchors can't keep up. I follow Anderson Cooper on Twitter (a bad habit I picked up during the January 25 revolution in Egypt) and every other tweet he's headed somewhere new, having been forced into a Sophie's Choice between this revolution and that, between Libya and Japan (Japan won this round).

I am heartbroken at the devastation that recently hit my one true forbidden love, Japan. And yet - and I want to say this very, very carefully - I am glad that due to Japan's foresight and meticulously earthquake-resistant infrastructure, there are fewer casualties than there might have been had this earthquake happened somewhere else with no such protections in place.

Then again, there's not much you can do about a tsunami in flat countryside, is there?

I am amazed at how we could practically watch the destruction unfold live, from many different viewpoints, via YouTube. I think it's a positive use of technology overall but I also feel slightly voyeuristic, like I've stolen a place at the window into Japan's suffering.

I hope and pray for a speedy recovery for them even as I know that the Japanese people are capable of great determination and resourcefulness.

4 comments:

Kathy Haynie said...

Thank you for articulating some of what I have been feeling, too. It seems weird to be so normal here, when I know there is so much suffering there.

Liz Johnson said...

This is so horrible, and yet, as you said, amazing that it wasn't worse. I hope that their rebuilding and recovery is a relatively fast process. My heart goes out to them... what a terrifying and tragic disaster.

Liz Johnson said...

Have you seen this video? It is absolutely insane - first-person coverage of the tsunami coming in. I think it's scarier than anything I have ever seen in an apocalyptic movie.

Jennifer said...

Liz, that is an amazing video. I couldn't believe how I was continually shocked at what I saw. By the end, I kept thinking "I can't believe I was shocked by the stuff at the beginning" because the end was so much worse.

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