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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.

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

8.      THE TRAINING 

The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And theydid just that.

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

 

 

(contributed by user Kapil Bamba on 26.03.2011)


 

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