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.