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Facter

It is instructive that the word "tsunami" is Japanese, indicating that they have ancient memory of this kind of catastrophe. We learned the word, but the most important thing we can learn from the Japanese is their incredible grace under any kind of adversity. They have maintained their good manners, kindness and consideration of each other in the grips of this adversity. There are no reports of looting or violence. One thing is for certain: nature will dish it out to us, in the form of disease and more dramatic forms of pain such as this disaster. We ultimately have limited control against the onslaughts of nature and fate, but we can control how we react. It looks like Japanese culture insists on maintaining human dignity in the face of anything thrown at the human being. I would like to be like that when my turn for suffering arrives.

limbekid

So true Facter. I too have been amazed at the level of calmness displayed by the Japanese under these circumstances. A truely admirable quality, but one almost wonders whether their technological advancement has left them soulless.

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good day!

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