The turn of events witnessed in the past week in Japan is quaint and scary. Death and Disaster have assumed the monstrous form of earthquake-tsunami-nuclear holocaust combo and making the Land of the Rising Sun feel the terror. It is amidst these cries of humanity, I find some unhuman and lowly comments. For example, somebody posts
“Technology + Natural Disaster = Human Extinction. e.g. Japan”
and I heard someone saying that too much technology is the cause of the torment, Japanese are facing now. Then, someone else comments that it is because of lack of spirituality, that Japan is paying back. Now, to find this happening I am aghast and furious. My question to such people is “Who are YOU to blame Japan for its misery?“.
After the WW II, Japan arose from nowhere like a phoenix to become the largest economy after US. We should credit Japan to be the birthplace for the most leading technologies in the world. Japanese have the utmost self-respect and patriotism. When they did well, we praised them and when they got struck the blame game has begun.
None can control or contain a natural disaster. When it happens, you just witness it and can do very less but to evacuate. The years of business and development is undone in a few minutes. Be it Japan or for that matter any country in the world, nobody can fight nature’s fury. This cataclysm provokes and dares the world to come out of its cocoon and give its helping hands to the victims. Instead of gossiping in the comfortable cafe rooms, it demands people to come forward and give a helping hand to the needy and homeless. Today it happened to the Nippon , but tomorrow it might knock your own door. In the movie ‘The day the earth stood still’, Professor Barnhardt comments that
“Only at the precipice we evolve. This is our moment.”
This is indeed our moment in which we can prove we are together. This is the point in History when we can express our solidarity and sympathy. This moment is the only moment where we can redefine ourselves. We have to redefine to make ourselves more human, more loving, more helping and not act like savages and barbarians.
Forget the spiritual essence, if we have any bit of humanity in us, then, let us in the least refrain from giving such comments. Let us rather pray for them and do what we can to help them. Let us not add to their misery and suffering by being inhuman and point blaming fingers at the country dazed by a nature’s surprise. I stand for you Japan. I am with you and I pray for you. Together we can brave this stormy night. This too shall pass.