Saturday, March 12, 2011
Contrast Japanese disaster survivors with Katrina survivors
Has anybody else noticed the differences between how the survivors of the Japanese earthquake have behaved themselves and how the Katrina survivors behaved themselves? Sure, you might say that the Japanese society and culture are more homogeneous so they all react similarly to the same event, but the Katrina victims were pretty homogeneous too....for the most part they were all dependent on government for pretty much every thing, resentful of those who have more, they feel entitled to that which they have not earned....etc.
No, this is more basic in terms of individual morals and personal codes of decent behavior, respect, and civility. Watch videos and news coverage of the shelters. People are waiting patiently in line for food and blankets and saying respectful thank-you's to the rescue workers. They are maintaining the normal civility and social respect with which they treat each other every day. I have to say, it's kind of embarrassing to observe the dignity, character, and etiquette with which the Japanese conduct themselves during such a life-changing tragedy, against the context of degeneracy, selfishness, and blame with which we Americans conducted ourselves in similar circumstances.