Tuesday, April 5, 2011

10 Things to Emulate from Japan





It is less than a month since the Earthquake and Tsunami  tragedy struck Japan.  But the people of this amazing country have set an example to the whole wide world , as to how to live with grace and dignity in the face of a mammoth  natural disaster.

Not many of us might have heard of Ryo Ishikawa, a 19 year old Japanese professional Golfer.





But he made headlines om March 30, when he  declared that he would be donating all of his 2011 earnings to Japan Earthquake Relief efforts.

'My goal is to raise 200 million yen (about £1.5million),' said Ishikawa.  'I feel like I will be playing with a greater purpose this year.'
The world can learn 10 things from the undeniable courage of the Japanese people: 


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
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8. THE TRAINING
The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that
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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 and left quietly.

Here's wishing the Japanese people a quick recovery  from the calamity.