Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Return to Community (Part 2)…

In my last post...long ago, Ricky posted about the importance of community, or at least got the ball rolling in that direction.

I wanted to continue this post by reaffirming its importance.

On Friday(March 11th) Sendai, Japan was rocked by one of the largest earth quakes in centuries. Followed by a devastatingly massive tsunami. As the days following this tragedy nuclear fears as well as the fear of finding lost loved ones continue.

Japan will be recovering from this devastation for years. Yet within all this horror there is no rioting, mass panic, or from what I can see blaming of the government for not reacting quickly enough.

Is it somehow possible that the victims of this tragedy are somehow reacting better than the residents of say...New Orleans?

Yes, it is very clear that the Japanese have got it right. Their sense of community is out weighting their need to just merely survive. There are no riots, no looting, and no shooting at rescue helicopters...

This tragedy should be a wakeup call to all of us who think we can live life on our own with no sense of community. Community is the glue which holds a society together...once we decide that glue isn’t important we have no need for caring for others.

If you would like to donate to relief organizations helping out the people of Japan you can do so here. World Vision

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