My father sent me this forward which I want to share with all of you.
I remember thinking to myself “how is everyone not panicking?” while watching live coverage of the disaster from the comfort of my living room. What I mistook for “shock” and “lack of sensitivity” and being “removed from reality” was, in actuality, the Japanese way of dealing with trauma. I truly believe that you get to know someone, or in this case a nation, best when you observe how they handle trauma.
I think we can all learn something from the way Japan and the Japanese handled the events of March 11th, 2011.
10 things to learn from 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. Their patience is admirable and praiseworthy.
3. THE ABILITY
The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.
4. THE GRACE (Selflessness)
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 at the Nuclear Plant. 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 reporting. Most of all – NO POLITICIANS TRYING TO GET CHEAP MILEAGE.
10. THE CONSCIENCE
When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly.
With their country in the midst of a colossal disaster – the Japanese citizens can teach plenty of lessons to the world.