The incredible stories of the human tragedy continue to pour out of Japan. The marathon recovery and then rebuilding will be a huge undertaking and will involve resources from across the world. You also have to take notice of what is not going on in Japan. The military is largely focused on recovery and there is very little need for them to focus on crowd control. There is no looting and in many of the videos you see people helping other people. In essence, the Japanese culture compels communities and even cities to act as one body. In the middle of the devastation there are people helping people, being resourceful and, for the most part, taking care of themselves. They are not screaming for some government action to provide, they are providing for themselves. I believe that spirit used to exist in America but we now have little to do with some family members let alone others in our community. It may be the cynic in me but when you contrast the way some people acted during Katrina with the actions of the Japanese, there is no comparison. Now recently, the people of Nashville experienced their own hundred year flood and while this was a huge disaster, the recovery has been orderly and community minded, but the Japanese – as a country - really seem to get it. Perhaps we can all learn a small lesson in being our own best resource and then reaching out to others in need and that will make for a Better East Texas.
Original air date: 03/17/11