Reading this brings me back to 9.0 earthquake day, which was also the day I realized that the Japanese are probably the only people on the planet who could have handled a national catastrophe in such a manner. I am constantly reminded of how scared I was during the quake, but evacuating our building only to watch all the Japanese go about their day and the following days in such a calm and dignified way.
10 Things To Learn From Japan
1. THE CALM
Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.
2. THE DIGNITY
Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture. Their patience is admirable and praiseworthy.
3. THE ABILITY
The incredible architects, for instance, buildings swayed but didn’t fall.
4. THE GRACE & SELFLESSNESS
People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.
5. THE ORDER
No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.
6. THE SACRIFICE
Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?
7. THE TENDERNESS
Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.
8. THE TRAINING
The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do, and they did just that.
9. THE MEDIA
They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters, only calm reporting. Most of all – No politicians trying to get cheap mileage.
10. THE CONSCIENCE
When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly.
With their country in the midst of a colossal disaster, Japanese citizens can teach plenty of lessons to the world.
Also, iTunes is currently offering the Songs for Japan benefit album of 38 songs for $9.99. All of the proceeds go to relief efforts and the Japanese Red Cross.