10 Things To Learn From Japan

The Calm – Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.

The Dignity – Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.

The Ability – The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.

The Grace – People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.

The Order – No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.

The Sacrifice – Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?

The Tenderness – Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.

The Training – The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.

The Media – They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.

The Conscience – When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly.