Tragedy in Japan – Civility in Response

The 8.9 earthquake off the coast of Japan that spawned the deadly tsunami that devastated the coastline has left hundreds of thousands without food, shelter, water, and any of the basic necessities of life.  America and other countries are rallying to help the Japanese government attempt to bring life back to normal for its population.  But, it will take a decade or more for Japan to recover.  In the devastation of the moment, I am struck with the discipline and respect the peoples of Japan have shown each other during this tragedy.  There have been no reports of looting of stores and the masses have formed orderly, peaceful lines to procure their basic needs.  Would this have happened in America?  Did it happen in New Orleans?   Sadly, the answer is no!  Volunteers were fired upon by criminals when they tried to help stranded victims in the Big Easy!  Police abandoned their posts and fled! Similar scenes have played out in Watts, Detroit, and other American cities during previous disasters/riots.  Tragedies can bring out the best in people….and the worst, too!  Perhaps some of the civility and compassion displayed by the Japanese would have been a welcome respite to the protests in Wisconsin.

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2 responses to “Tragedy in Japan – Civility in Response

  1. Well said, Bob. The American spirit does not often show discipline when it comes to patience, but often shows compassion. However, it is often overlooked by the news media going for the more sensational stories of looting and disorder.

  2. Atlantic…excellent point! The media does shape our perceptions of events! That should be the more alarming factor! You are right…many Americans show compassion to their fellow-man every day! Thanks for the clarification!

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