An earthquake registering 9.0 on the Richter Scale…a tsunami that created a wall of water there was no escape from; a nuclear event that proves: nuclear energy is safe (the only thing that failed were diesel driven backup systems), a nuclear reactor that was only built to withstand a sub 8.0 earthquak…still standing proud, and finally an estimated 10,000 people dead and/or missing.
The Japanese people have every possible reason God can throw at them to panic and act crazy…but they don’t.
Let’s face it people…even though history tells us that the Japanese culture has sometimes responded to different events in less than honorable ways …in this set of circumstances; circumstances that would challenge the bravest, the toughest, and the most honorable of us ….the Japanese people are showing the world that they are class act. The things we should all take notice of from this catastrophe…and hopefully learn from, comes from not just what we see …but also what we don’t see.
Anybody seen any news reports of food riots?
Anyone heard of anything but calm, orderly rationing of things like gasoline?
How about looting?
No… nothing like that?
Care to guess why that might be..after all don’t they have every reason x 100 to break with societies rules and go on individual ‘everyman for himself’ episodes of hoarding and thievery?
The Japanese lesson which I see, that will no doubt be completely ignored are the benefits of living in a cohesive society…one which shares a common history, a common language, common traditions and common values…in short: a culture that has no embraced the lie of multiculturalism…one that rejects the graying of the lines between right and wrong… one that values absolutes …private property rights and that does more than pay lip service to the notion of a people coming together to deal with a national tragedy with their heads held high and their honor intact.
It all goes back to what the definition of what a Nation is:
“A Nation is not a game of musical chairs.” It involves concepts of kith and kin, of shared struggle; of common sacrifice and common triumph”
In Vattel’s classic Eighteenth Century treatise on the LAW OF NATIONS (which was the defining standard at the time the Founding Fathers launched America, and for at least a century later) we get the definition of a Nation:
Nations or states are bodies politic, societies of men united together for the purpose of promoting their mutual safety and advantage by the joint efforts of their combined strength.
Such a society has her affairs and her interests; she deliberates and takes resolutions in common; thus becoming a moral person, who possesses an understanding and a will peculiar to herself, and is susceptible of “obligations” and “rights.”
Here is my point! Can anyone read this definition and say with a straight face that it applies to the USA as it is today? How about the Japanese? Do you see what I am trying to say?
For the Japanese…:
”These are the times that try men’s souls… The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman”
While we provide whatever aid we can and keep the Japanese people in our ongoing thoughts and prayers, let’s also take away what we can as these people stand proudly, bravely, morally, and with integrity, as they demonstrate to the rest of the world what a Nation is …and in doing so showcase what it isn’t. After all … let’s not let this crisis go to waste.