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Messages from the Great East Japan Earthquake

Almost a year has passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake had hit Japan, on 11 March 2011. Although nearly a year has passed, there remains serious damage caused by the earthquake, and there remains harsh reality that we need tremendous time in order to restore disaster areas.

The day of the earthquake, watching horrible Tsunami and intense fire on TV, I thought that “I might have been there or the Earthquake might have occurred here by fate. Only by luck I was able to survive.”

Through unimaginable serious disaster and continuous hardship, the earthquake tells us most essential and important thing for human beings. Fortunately we are still alive today. However, have we noticed the message from the earthquake?

I caught these three messages from the earthquake.

・Human beings have to appreciate being alive, and must have respect toward nature.

・Human beings have to not only learn in history, but utilize what learned.

・Human beings cannot live alone, have to support and help each other.

These messages are not novel for Human beings. The essential and important things when human beings want to exist on earth have already been revealed long before and inherited in various forms.

Although it may be exaggerated to say, restoration of disaster areas is like a touchstone which predicts human’s future. Can we carry what learned from past into present thought and action, and utilize it for our future?

Or will we continue to say, “I knew but I couldn’t do anything”, whenever something occurs? I cannot help thinking that human beings, which already exceed 7 billion, will not be able to exist on earth in distant future, if we take such action.

Will we be able to build the society where human beings can live with nature and cultivate the mind of mutual help, by making use of what learned from the natural disasters and man-made disasters? In fact, the sustainability of human beings has been symbolically asked in the restoration efforts of disaster areas in “3.11.”

If we have noticed it, first of all, we have to act by ourselves. Let us envision a major change of society to come, start taking actions to shift the status from “zero” to “one.” Take and continue actions by ourselves. Then, the accumulated actions will eventually change the society.

A big typhoon cannot leave even a scar on a stone, but constant dropping will surely wear away it!

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