As we continue to receive more news about the situation in Japan, it reminds me of 1959 when I left Tibet, and also of 9/11 here in the U.S. in 2001. It is reconnecting me with the feelings of fear and anxiety of a chaotic time and situation, fleeing Tibet and the horrifying situation of 9/11, yet appreciating the dignity, kindness, care and concern for others that people exhibit during such horrible moments. I was very impressed that the Japanese people are not blaming anyone for these problems.
While I was listening to the BBC News, I heard an interview with one of the Japanese ladies who lost everything. She said that the government and everybody is trying their best and she had no complaints about anybody, although she mentioned that water and blankets would be very helpful. Her response was so respectful even though the journalists were asking provocative questions about the government response. The Japanese people say that the government has so much to do and they are doing their best. An American tourist tried asking a Japanese policeman which direction he should go. Although the policeman was himself fleeing, he took the time to show the tourist the direction to safety before running off again. There are so many examples of these selfless actions that can be seen on TV or heard on the radio. That really shows how people are appreciating life and showing dignity, caring and kindness by helping others even though the person himself or herself is in great danger and has lost everything .
I hope and pray that the death toll will not go up and that the effects of the aftershocks and nuclear reactor instabilities will not create even more suffering. We would also like to dedicate our positive virtues for those who have lost their lives and to the loved ones left behind, and to contribute whatever we can to those in need.
Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2011