14 March 2011

an endless hope

Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope.
Author Unknown

The author of this quote was a real genius. It's a very clever quote. And sometimes when I want to be philosophical I start with one. And this is one of the best ones I've seen.
I just recently posted about Japan. But every day, every hour, we have new information. New alarming figures to let our minds try and understand. I read them and they don't seem real. Villages completely gone. Thousands of people found dead. Radiation, threats of another quake, and another tsunami.
When you think about it, could you even imagine if your whole town was gone? Not even a road was left? Or a fence standing? Entire towns and the people who lived there - gone?
It's so baffling that we can't even fathom it. 5 years ago the Louisiana coast was lacerated by Hurricane Katrina, and we are still trying to restore it to what it was before the hurricane.
This is a hundred times worse. How long will it take to recover? Will it?
These are scary questions.
We can see it as a hopeless end. After what I've told you and after what you've read and watched, it seems that way.
but we can't think that way. We cannot think that this is the end. It has destroyed more than we can fathom. But we can't let this be the end.
We must see this as an endless hope.
I was reading another article about how the quake shifted the earth. Our days are now 1.6 microseconds shorter, Japan is now 13 feet closer to the United States, and it is now 2 feet lower than before. Meteorological-ly speaking, that is incredible (not really in a good way). It's hard to think that something like that can be that powerful. It was probably even visible from outer space.
But then I went to the comments. Most of the time when people leave comments on articles, they are critical, cutting, and mean, even when it can be about a disaster like this. They will blame global warming and politicians and even the victims.
But this time was different.
The only comments I saw were kind and caring and thoughtful. These are not quoted, just so I don't plagiarize.
One said, if you can't donate money, pray. If you don't pray, then just remember the Japanese.
Another: we will be at your side during this hardship.
And another: Jamaica is here to support our Japanese "family".
One said: Let God "richly bless" all of you.
There are thousands more comments just like this, and these are not even the most heartfelt.
Some of the people commenting were people from Japan who could access computers. They were thanking everyone for their kind words about their people and their country.
The people of the world are taking this as an opportunity not to mourn, but to lift the spirits of those who need it most. Not only that, but thousands of people are donating money and goods to help the cause.
On the side of the page, I have put up a link which will send you to the American Red Cross website so you can find out more information and find out ways to help.
Let's turn this hopeless end into an endless hope.


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