In spite of how difficult the pictures are to look at, I find myself unable to pull myself away from the scenes of destruction. Japan is on the other side of the world, but television has brought this tragedy home to us. I cannot imagine the horror that these people must have felt when the earthquake hit, followed then, by the arrival of the Tsunami. Now these poor souls have the threat of a nuclear meltdown to contend with.
All I can think of is, where will they start? How do you clean up a mess such as this? How can they possibly heal after such losses?
I wonder what lessons we will all learn from this event? What lasting lessons do we learn from any tragedy?
Will the supporters of Nuclear energy rethink the safety of this method of producing power? Will the Gulf Oil Spill be the last? Will we all learn to live with less so that we never have to endure these sorts of disasters?
Life is fragile. It is my guess that not one person in Japan expected that they would not have family or homes to return to at the end of their working day. That is the biggest lesson in all of this ugliness. Homes, cars, businesses, and possessions are replaceable... family and friends are not. I think that most of us have held our loved ones a little longer over the past several days...
I hope that our Japanese neighbours know that we mourn their losses too, and sending healing prayers and thoughts their way.
The century mark - ContemplationMy brother-in-law Pete took this picture of my father many years ago. It's been a favorite, though, for all the reasons you might imagine: it...