TO EMULATE FROM JAPAN
Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.
3. THE ABILITY
The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.
4. THE GRACE
People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.
5. THE ORDER
No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.
6. THE SACRIFICE
Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?
7. THE TENDERNESS
Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.
8. THE TRAINING
The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.
9. THE MEDIA
They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.
When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly.
& 10 THINGS TO WORRY ABOUT
1 The nuke plants.
2 A skewed demography. Too many old people
3 Growth based on debt
5 Overemphasis on local dialect. Many rescuers may not know it
6 Living too close to the coast
7 Low rise buildings near the water
8 Ignoring foreshocks. There was a 7.2 before the 9.0
9 Sustaining relief work in the long term.
10 Political instability
Simha is Executive Editor with Tehelka.com