Thinking of Japan

Posted on March 14, 2011

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Pray for Japan

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As most of you know by now Japan was hit with a 9.0 Earthquake that was followed by a devastating tsunami that has so far killed thousands of people and left many displaced and homeless.

Now they are facing the threat of a nuclear meltdown in three of their nuclear facilities following two Hydrogen explosions that have already occurred.

This tragedy hits close to my heart, not only because I have several close friends whose families are affected by this disaster, but I also have family members that still live in Japan as well. Although my aunt, uncle, grandmother and cousins are currently safe, things can change very quickly and with recent threat of yet another earthquake, more tsunami threats and a meltdown, we are still very concerned.

With all the amazing outpouring of love that Japan is receiving, there are always a few loud-mouthed people who always choose moments of tragedy as a stage to voice their opinions on anyone or anything that they believe “personally” wronged them. Or some people are just tasteless people who try to make a joke out of tragedies to stir up controversy. 

I feel very sorry for them and I hope that amid the prayers to Japan, a few are sent their way, to some day learn about compassion and growth.

Ironically, my grandfather enlisted in the US Army three days before Pearl Harbor and fought during WWII. My grandmother and her family were interned in the infamous internment camp: Manzanar, and had to leave everything they owned behind. It broke my heart when she told me that their neighbors were waiting for them to leave, so they could loot their homes.

But despite all the anger and discrimination that they went through, my grandparents are two of the most generous and loving people on the planet. They harbor no hatred, resentment or anger to anyone or anything.

There will always be selfish and heartless people who only care about what happens to them, but instead of providing these people with publicity and fame we should instead be focusing on the heroes in the shadows.

The people who generously give of themselves and tirelessly work to actually make a difference in seemingly hopeless situations.

The rescue workers that have been searching through rubble for survivors with no sleep or breaks.

The countries that are sending their own rescue teams despite the fact that their countries are still recovering from their own disasters.

The people who are praying, crying with Japan as well as finding a way to help, whether it be monetarily or spiritually.

These are the people who should be interviewed and be given publicity. Not the few negative people who just want attention and to instill hateful rhetoric into people’s minds and hearts.

My family and friends thank you for your love, support and prayers.

Let’s all pray for Japan, because as George Takei has said “Today we are all Japanese.”

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