I’ve been in Tokyo now since the March 11 Earthquake and it’s been an experience I will never forget till for the rest of my life. What has been a real eye opener to me is HOW the people in Japan are handling themselves in these times of crisis. I read this article forwarded to me by my friend Rico and I want to share it with all of you. There has been so much news circulating world wide about the disaster and my mail box has been flooded with email concerns about me still being in Tokyo from all around the world. First of all, thank you for your concerns but… I AM TOTALLY FINE. Life continues and we are all doing our best to clean up the mess, deal with the big change in our life styles, support those still in desperate need of our helps, and pay respects to those who have been badly affected by this disaster.
That being said, I’d like to share with you what I read this afternoon. Enjoy.
What America can learn from the disaster in Japan
What has happened in Japan is truly heartbreaking. Makes New Orleans after Katrina look like a b movie. The recovery will be dynamic, and it will be a lesson for the world to pay attention to.
Here is what we will not see: No whining. We will see no one in Japan playing the victim role. No one will be overlooked because of their race or religion. No one will use this disaster for political gain or to raise 1 dollar. No areas will be overlooked because they are not trendy or touristy. No one will be breaking into homes or businesses stealing the belongings of others. No one will be trampled or assaulted over a bottle of water, or riot over some food.We won’t see “religious” zealots in Japan telling the people there that none of this shit would happen if they would just get right with God. We won’t see lawsuits making lawyers rich because the insurance companies are screwing the public on their insurance claims that they have faithfully paid for.
Here is what we WILL see: a recovery that, considering the magnitude of what has happened, will take place with alarming speed and efficiency. People will pitch in, sacrifice without complaint, and help one another. They will pick up the broken pieces of their lives, and repair them, and then get back to living. What can’t be repaired will be replaced. It will work better, be more efficient, and cost less to do it. No excuses, no bullshit. No blame on political party or foe.This will start and be lead by the government, who unlike the government here, do what they were put in place to do.Within 2 1/2 years there will be little left but photos to remind us of the horror these people went through other than the changes to the landscape. They will do it with pride and dignity, taking the rest of the world to school. I hope someone here is paying attention.