April 03, 2011

Ten things to learn from the tsunami in 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.
  3. THE ABILITY: The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.
  4. THE GRACE: 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 reportage.
  10. THE CONSCIENCE: When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves & left quietly. 
A Placard put up outside a office on Saturday (A day after the Calamity struck Japan): “Tsunami leaves Confidence unshattered. Work starts from Monday”

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