Monday, March 14, 2011

No Looting - Japanese People Respectful Amidst Extreme Adversity- Also, Samaritan's Purse International Relief Organization

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I am just so heartbroken watching all the devastation and suffering over in Japan.

So much seems to be going wrong in this world lately. There has always been pain and suffering ...I know that, but it seems to be on the rise like never before. It feels like it to me anyway. Sure ...we get the news from all around the planet instantly now ...via satellite, to the point that one can't even keep up with the constant barrage of information. There is seemingly more political unrest then ever before, all around the world. Perhaps that is due to the increasing availability of modern technology and repressed populations can now see that other countries live in freedom and understandably want that for themselves. There is good amidst the turmoil. A woman has to go through the painful labor before her much desired baby is born. In our country there seems to be so much political upheaval for different reasons.

Natural disasters are increasing exponentially, there is financial breakdown around the world, and in this country, the United States of America ...a break down of things that seemed so secure and now nothing feels secure anymore. Things that could be counted on ...once upon a time ...no longer can be. And to me ...sometimes what has always been considered morally right is now politically incorrect or wrong and what was wrong is now considered right. The almighty dollar is more important than maintaining a quality product. Employees are expendable regardless of their dedication to the company. I have been increasingly feeling like there is a social breakdown in our American society, as compared to the traditions and values that were our heritage ...all contributing to a strong American culture. A life considered so valuable, that masses of people left their homelands to become a part of the American dream. We were taught to be respectful and to care about each other.

What is going on?

I have lived most of my life as a glass half full person, but I just feel like I have never seen so many things go wrong as I have these last couple of years. maybe it is just my perception of things ...but the negativity feels almost palpable.

I want to say that it all seems too much ... too much, as I type this from my warm, comfortable home.

Too much?

What the Japanese people are enduring ...is too much. All this destruction, loss of life and during the cold winter on top of it. The threat of nuclear meltdown.

Their country is devastated.

And yet ...these beautiful people ...these beautiful, suffering people remain respectful and are doing what they can to help each other. And there is no looting. No ...very man for himself. No additional destruction of property just because they can. They don't need police or military to keep people in control to prevent looting and crime. Lawlessness does not abound in the areas in which catastrophe of epic proportions has hit Japan.

Instead ...they wait patiently in orderly, long lines for their turn to get rations. What a contrast to what we witnessed after the Katrina hurricane ...or after the earthquake in Haiti.

In reading some articles about this, I learned that in the Japanese culture, they are taught from an early age to be respectful. It is drilled into them to be respectful, that they should be responsible for each other and have been taught to go without at times because there could be a time when they would have to. And now here they are facing one of the worst world wide disasters in modern history ...a major earthquake with several strong aftershock quakes, the tsunami, the threat of a nuclear disaster ... and a collapse of the infrastructure that enables the supplies to be brought to these suffering people ...and yet ...they remain calm and respectful ...looking out for each other. And it is maintaining this order that will more quickly facilitate disaster relief, along with rebuilding their country ...their lives.

The Japanese people, mindful of the importance of respect, dignity and compassion toward others, along with civil obedience ...being carried out with such grace amidst catastrophic adversity, is an inspiring example for the rest of us!

We are going to donate money to Samaritan's Purse toward the Japanese relief effort. They are one of my favorite charities because they visibly do so much good around the world and are one of the first on the scene when catastrophe strikes and they also have built hospitals in war torn areas, providing medical relief... among so many other things ...depending on the need. Please watch the short video of Rev. Franklin Graham speaking with Greta Van Susteren. Below, I've provided a link to the Samaritan's Purse website. The video about the Japanese relief effort and an article are included. If you wish to donate

Here is the link to Samaritan's Purse website: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/articles/pray_for_japan/

The following is from the same article about the Japanese relief:

WAYS YOU CAN HELP

PRAY:

  • That God would provide peace and comfort to the suffering.
  • For wisdom and strength for our church partners.
  • That God would go before us to open doors and provide resources.
  • For our team’s safety as they travel to the area.
  • GIVE:

    Please visit our donation page to help provide the resources to meet critical needs in Japan.


    One more thing. Do you have an emergency disaster kit for yourself and your family? And do you have an emergency plan in place? We don't. I've felt for a long time that we should, but never acted on it.

    I think we should.

    What do you think?

    4 comments:

    Rositta said...

    We have a number of friends of Japanese heritage who are devastated by what is happening. One, an 80 year old man has been at their cultural centre helping coordinate donations and supplies. He is working many hours tirelessly without complaint. He's just constantly on the verge of tears. I too am amazed at how quietly people stand in line waiting for a little water and food and when there is no more, there are no riots or violence.
    We've had an emergency kit since the big blackout a few years ago and have an escape plan toner cottage. We live within 30 km of a nuclear plant and even though they say it couldn't happen here I don't always believe it. Re had a 5.0 quake here not so long ago. No damage just rattled nerves Be well...ciao

    WarmSocks said...

    I got email from Samaritan's Purse today. Good organization, doing good work.

    We put together emergency kits a few years ago, but I've been saying that they need to be updated. The kids are larger now, so our spare sets of clothing would be mostly useless. I need to quit procrastinating and do what we need to do to make all the emergency kits worthwhile. Thanks for posting about this.

    SeaSpray said...

    Hi Rositta - It must be awful for everyone with family and friends there ..or even just to see your homeland destroyed like that. I feel so sad when I see/here about these things and find myself saying a prayer for them every time I hear something.

    That's great that you've put together a kit and have an escape place. I really don't know what I'd use to go to. I only want to be home, but I guess there is supposed to be a common meeting place ...which would still be one of our homes.

    I can imagine a 5.0 quake would be unnerving.

    I've heard there is a fault line that runs from Canada, straight thru here and into NYC. I know there is the Ramapo fault, but not sure if same one.

    SeaSpray said...

    Hi Warm Socks - yes ...it is an excellent organization. I really like Franklin Graham too and of course his Dad ...Billy Graham. he goes into some really dangerous places sometimes to help people.

    I just never want to think about this stuff. But it seems like so much is uncertain these days, that it is something to be faced and do.

    I procrastinate with a capital "P". :)