Monday, March 14, 2011

As Japan Fights to Survive - No Looting

We were in New Orleans when Katrina hit and we were not only saddened by the devastation but also by the looting.
Some said the looters were stealing to survive, but as we watched, TV's, stereos, guns and beer being carried off through the flood waters we understood that these people only cared about themselves.

In contrast, Japan looks like World War Two all over again and with all this devastation, death and adversity we see a social strength that humbles us.
Supermarkets are cutting prices and vending machine owners giving out free drinks as people work side by side, together in order to survive.
As many observers have noted, there has been no looting in Japan.

Not only was there widespread looting in New Orleans, but in Chile as well after the earthquake last year.
In Britain, during the 2007 floods abandoned cars were broken into and free packs of bottled water were stolen.

So why is it the Japanese respond to disaster by sharing and helping each other, instead of thinking only of themselves?

 What we are seeing in japan is honor and respect, even during times of adversity.