Japan: Lessons of life

They seem to come out braver and better. They retain their moral self in the face of extreme crisis. We all need to learn a lesson or two from them. They are the people of Japan.

RESILIENCE BY HUMI SHAH

Japanese are trying to make sense of the disastrous earthquake. What must it be like to lose everything? I was listening to the news and a man had lost his wife, son and the grandchildren.
It sent a chill through my spine. Not only had he lost all his beloved ones but also the place he once called home. With it had perished all the memories and the connections. He stood their alone crying not knowing where to head to or what to do next.
ChowkBehind him was a man and a women searching through the rubble calling out their only son’s name, hoping he would reply. These are only two out of thousands who lost their loved ones. I have no idea how they can cope with it and how they will continue to live.
And then came the voice of the President who said, “With the tsunami and earthquake we don’t have any room to be pessimistic. We are going to create Japan from scratch. We should face this challenge together.” May God give courage and strength to the Japanese people to carry on and rebuild their lives.
Japanese people and the tragedy itself is a lesson for all of us. This is not the first time Japanese have to rise from the rubble and start from scratch. They have done it before, when Hiroshima and Nagasaki was bombed or when they were hit by earthquakes and tsunamis. They seem to come out braver and better. Instead of complaining they look for ways to move on and build a better tomorrow for future generation.
Not only are Japanese brave and optimistic they are more civilized too. Whenever a disaster hits in other places, opportunists do not waste a minute to pounce. Looting, violence and other criminal activities become a serious problem; even in the most affluent countries. None of this was reported in Japan. Morally and ethically,they seem to be ahead of all of us.
Disasters like these are also reality checks. Only God knows what is going to happen tomorrow. Life can change in seconds and we may not get a second chance to let our loved ones know how much they mean to us or how important they are to us. We are always complaining about little things in life. It is time to thank God and appreciate our family and friends more because tomorrow may never come.

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Lastupdate on : Sat, 6 Aug 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 6 Aug 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 7 Aug 2011 00:00:00 IST




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