Wednesday, March 16, 2011


This is a link to one of the most incredible photo galleries I've ever seen on CNN.  The aerial photos show the mind-numbing extent of the damage from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The extent of the damage is really incomprehensible to me.  I can't even begin to imagine how this will all be cleaned up.  The suffering seems immeasurable.  Not to mention that this is all going on in the midst of one of the world's worst nuclear accidents.....

Throughout watching the coverage from Japan on CNN and MSNBC, I repeatedly saw one thread weaving its way through all of the TV coverage that I think is a true shining moment for Japan.  I keep seeing stories of how the Japanese people are banding together to help one another and their nation in this difficult time.  These are values that are taught to Japanese people at a very young age.  They have an incredibly deep culture rooted in these values and it shows in times like these.

There's no violence or looting on TV like other countries occasionally see in these circumstances.  Just people working together under impossible circumstances..... 

Perhaps we can all learn a lesson from the Japanese people and their culture.  They are a shining example of putting the common good and their nation before themselves.

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