posted on Mar, 19 2011 @ 01:12 AM
My one philosophical thought about some of the weird replies about how someone should respond to the disaster in Japan, is that I think a lot of us
are too influenced by the "EMOTION > ACTION > RESPONSE > MORE ACTION AND EMOTION" we see in movies. All the "calm bits of doing nothing or washing
the laundry" are removed from Movies as "not dramatic."
>> One of the most vivid memories I have of sleeping beside my dad in the hospital as he was dying of lung cancer, was that I was really pissed and
annoyed that the world didn't stop. My dad had calmly worked on some accounting paperwork, and some details for lawyers, to make sure he was taking
care of his family -- it was "his way" to show he cared. But I was kind of pissed off at this world mankind has created in the USA, that PAPERWORK
and bureaucracy were going to be there, bothering my dad up until his last breath. There was humor, eating, chatting, and a bit of sadness. It was
annoyingly banal except for coughing and adjustment of pain medications.
I'm not sure if I've been in a "disaster" -- other than to lose family members, and be in a Hurricane once or twice -- but I've been fortunate
enough to NOT have my house destroyed or fear impending doom.
I can't say as I've ever been "in a panic" even though I've been in a car (a few times) during a crash, or a brother falling asleep -- and it's
always (for me at least) like the Matrix where time slows down, and I'm oddly annoyed that I cannot change the course of the car as it slowly spins
off to the curb.
My son almost died once from some virus that shut down his lungs -- but we got to the emergency room and he healed. I guess that's the closest I've
felt to real panic. But I usually, whatever the emotion, grit my teeth and focus on "what can I do?"
Once; A lady in an SUV, got cut off and jerked her wheel and drove her SUV into the concrete median. The SUV flipped and she was thrown out of the car
because she had no seatbelt on. My wife screams in my ear as I slow down to where the van is, because she is afraid that on a major interstate we are
going to get run over. I turn the car and face the headlights BACK up the road and leave the blinkers on. "what are you doing -- get off the road!"
"Look, there is a big SUV smoking up ahead, and people are going to see headlights -- they are GOING to stop. If they don't see lights in their way
-- they are GOING to run over that lady on the road, and then they'll freak out and cause more accidents." I wave down a few cars as well as I can,
and tell them to keep on their blinkers. So, in seconds, there is a line of stopped cars with blinking lights -- NOBODY is going to be running anyone
I pull the parking break and walk over to the ladies body. I knew not to move her -- but I had to know what her condition was. I touched her neck --
it was broken. Her body was warm but cooling. Other than a few open caskets -- this was my first experience with an actual "dead" person. I was sad,
thinking about how her life was just going along until that moment when she made a mistake and it was over. She was a pretty lady, young, and well
dressed. Soon, a group of people were around us, and the lights of some ambulance on their way. We all grabbed hands and some man started saying a
This was in the USA. And everyone was considerate, and calm. It is NOT surprising to me, that this was the case. While I think the Japanese are
admirable in their cool reactions and teamwork -- I think that a LOT of people in most places of the USA, are going to react as decent human beings.
The one BIG difference, is that we have a media that likes to show looting, because that's going to get a lot of people to watch -- it's a STORY.
They cut out the hours and hours of people and the miles and miles of places where people are NOT looting during a disaster.
>> IN my case, Panic, would be a 15 minutes to an hour long, tops. Depression, sadness and anger -- well, they can last. But eventually, you sit down,
eat a chilly dog, drink a beer -- you live. You deal. That's just the way I'm built. But one day, maybe I'll see my kids get a terrible injury --
and I'll freak. I can't be sure. But hopefully, I won't have people say; "He's too calm -- he doesn't care."
What are you going to accomplish by freaking out? I've had a nebulous sense of impending doom since Bush took office in 2000 -- and it hasn't gone
away. Reminds me of the nuclear war fears we had in the 80's -- and in hindsight -- we were perfectly justified, because the nutballs in our military
and the warmongers in the USSR almost launched on 5 different occasions.
>> Germany and China have shut down all of the GE Mark I reactors. In the USA, where we have about 35 in service -- they are still churning out
electricity and making someone a few bucks. Should I panic? I KNOW that someone who is deficient in judgement, integrity and greedy as hell is going
to EVENTUALLY do something (like the BP oil disaster) that is going to threaten a lot of lives in the USA.
Japan has a lot of brave people SACRIFICING their lives to fight the fires at those nuclear reactors.
Hopefully, we will all pitch in and do the right thing -- and LEARN from what Japan is going through. But apparently, there is NOT ENOUGH panic over
here that would prompt the right response BEFORE such a situation needs calm people.