Disaster in Japan Yet Another Example for Solnit
As you all may know by now, Japan was hit with a devastating tsunami this past Friday, March 11th. Triggered by an earthquake that registered with a now updated magnitude of 9.0 on the Richter scale, the catastrophe in Japan has some experts estimating that it will eventually be the costliest natural disaster on record.
But with all of the horror and misfortune occurring on the Asian island, a sense of duty to come to the aid of Japan is being felt by countries all over the world. Just like the earthquake in Haiti and of course the tsunami in Indonesia and surrounding areas, nations from all over are coming to help the people in need-even longtime rival China.
When I heard of the disaster, I was immediately taken aback by it. These kinds of horrific acts don’t develop over time. You simply wake up one morning to a news story with such frightening and unimaginable images that it leaves you to wonder what kinds of disasters the Earth is capable of.
In her “The Uses of Disaster” essay, Rebecca Solnit mentions how people come together after catastrophes and show remarkable cooperation and togetherness in times of need. The current troubles in Japan are a perfect example of how not only the Japanese themselves are in a unique state of togetherness, but how people from all over the world are realizing that such a horrific event could happen to anyone and that help is necessary. The following is a quote from Solnit that praises our world’s dependence on one another:
Disaster makes it clear that our interdependence is not only an inescapable fact but a fact worth celebrating.
With the media always around the corner, gone are the days of disasters only affecting the people directly involved. Such traumatic events are now global tragedies with the world being as interconnected as it has ever been. In the end, though, disasters such as this one make us sit down and think about how fragile everything is. Because in reality, it could be gone within a matter of minutes.