No normal person can look at the images coming out of Japan and not feel a deep sense of sorrow and compassion for the People of Japan. They have endured countless earthquakes and tsunamis over the years, but the immense resilience of the Japanese people has always won out. It will be days before we know the full devastation of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the tsunami wave, reported as high as 30 feet along the Japanese coast near the epicenter of the quake, and the many powerful aftershocks. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Japanese people, as will millions of dollars in charitable contributions on top of the millions we will provide them in U.S. government relief and assistance.
As special effects technology has improved, movie makers have attempted to replicate such disasters on the big screen to entertain us. But when we see the real thing it reminds us how fragile our world and we human beings are. Let this serve as a reminder for us to focus on what’s really important in life.