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Wednesday, May 11, A.D. 2011
Tsunamic Destruction

The earthquake that devastated the northeastern shore of Japan occurred two months ago, and thousands of people continue to rebuild their lives after the destruction. The 24/7 circuit of short attention span media forgets what happened yesterday, not to mention March. Let us keep the Japanese in our prayers.

More footage of the resulting tidal waves has been uploaded over the past two months, and some folks have criticized the videos as natural disaster porn. I do not think that such is fair. It is normal for us to find the terrible forces of nature interesting, and the magnitude of the destruction in Japan is undeniably captivating. Apocalyptic themes have always captured the human imagination.

C.B.S. News also features a shocking but instructive video of the tidal wave’s nature as a port town floods.

It is easy to ignore that the events shown involve widespread death. I am reminded of Tucholsky: “Der Tod eines Menschen: das ist eine Katastrophe. Hunderttausend Tote: das ist eine Statistik!” At a certain level, the mind just disassociates information from normal emotional responses.

Posted by Joseph on Wednesday, May 11, A.D. 2011
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