die Ruhe im Sturm


After the first shock we're relatively calm now. It sounds overbearing when i say that one needn't to be a specialist to imagine from the beginnings how a calamity like now in Japan can end. So why are we following the news without taking a break?

We cannot flee from reality by not switching on television anymore. But is it reality what is shown there? No.

I want to express my condolences to all who have lost someone. I can't say honestly that i'm able (or could bear it) to feel compassion with every single one of the thousands. It's still a number, a inconceivable one and a still indefinite one. I'm not even able to imagine how exhausting must be the aftershocks, the blackouts, the uncertainty to all those who hadn't been hit hard until now.

Yesterday in the evening, while talking about how scared the whole Western world is right now in the sight of the collapsing Japanese power plants, we became aware that the room light was shining brightly. Although Germans declaredly aren't great supporters of atom (well, i'm not talking about actual politics), a greater part of our energy, of course, comes from atomic plants. We switched off the lamps except one. Only that switching off the lamps doesn't mean that our life style has changed remarkably. Still we will be members of highly industrialized nations, will inhabit too large houses, drive cars, buy cheap food and exotic fruits. And in two weeks maybe we will have forgotten Japan and be afraid again of H5N1 or terrorism. I really wish that we could find to a more reasonable and natural way of living.

And still these thoughts are luxurious thoughts while bodies are washing up on the beach like fish and people are risking their health in order to help to improve the situation.

And yet in Japan it was officially said that all this is caused by every single one of us, by our greedy life style. It's a bit too tough to come up with such things at this moment. But possibly this statement isn't totally false.


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