Images of Earthquake and Japan’s Tsunami
The images of the Japan Earthquake and the Tsunami telling us the story of people left in despair.
Even from the safety of my home those real life video clips, images, reports make me feel depressed and hopeless. I feel paralyzed looking at it but yet I want to see one more picture and listen to one more report just to be current.
The pictures don’t tell me enough. Frantically I search for more and before I know it I am stuck and clued to the computer to a world full of despair. But what more devastation to I need to see?
I am getting over sensitized by eyewitness reports, tweets and other news outlets.
Life goes on in Virginia. Groceries and Birthday presents have to be bought, Choir performances have to be seen and choruses have to be done.
My radio station in the car reports on the news. There isn’t any time to listen what the children have to say. I have to be on top of things.
“There was an earthquake in Japan and a Tsunami. It might reach Hawaii.” I try to say but I am again interrupted.
“Mom, Jeff from Youth group said…” she smiles
“Mom what’s”salami”…” Even I crack up over the mispronounced word “Salami”
“It’s Tsunami, Honey…”
“Where is the compassion?” I asked myself listening to my children? Why aren’t they upset that there was a huge earthquake in Japan?
How do I teach them compassion when not even an earthquake stops them from talking?
Tempted to sensationalize to get a reaction from them I decided against. Numbers doesn’t mean anything to children anyway.
Wasn’t it nice when news like these didn’t mean a thing in the world to me when I was younger?, I thought to myself with envy.
Compassion Happens When the Numbers Are Smaller
Most likely 10 000 people perished in this tragedy but 10 000 people is a number I can’t fathom and neither can my children.
Somewhere in Japan A mother doesn’t want to hush her child. She just wants to hold her/him and listen to him/her speak and smile again.
Somewhere in Japan A mother doesn’t want a picture of her surrounded by the ruins of her house released by several news outlets.
Somewhere in Japan A mother wishes that everything would be just like a couple days ago before the big one hit.
Somewhere in Japan A mother lost her child. Somewhere in Japan someone lost A loved one.
Isn’t it odd that statement like those causes more compassion and stirring in me then the big headlines of the major news organization? Only if just one person would have perished the media would have forgotten it by now.
On the Hunt for More News
My Kids want to see the Disney Channel. I gently reminded my children that they can usually watch TV but this time I want to. Then I imagine them sitting with me in front of the small screen seeing pictures of the devastation and listening to the shuttering sounds of the earth quake and being flooded by pictures of the tsunami and I pass.
It’s bad enough that I can’t stop watching to the point that I feel paralyzed, without hope and depressed. Why would I want to subject them to the same feelings?
The news media feed on our hopelessness, fear and depression.
We should focus on the heroic story of those who saved a neighbor, the elderly, the child…
We know deep down heroes and heroic action most likely existed in this tragedy but the media hasn’t focused on pictures of hope just yet. Because that wouldn’t’ keep us glued to the television! Fear of a nuclear melt down certainly does. But why speculate about all those possible meltdowns.
The Aftermath Will Come Soon Enough
So I give my children permission to turn to the Disney Chanel and allow them connect to a dream world without earthquake, tsunamis and despair as long as they still can.
The Disney Channel Prevails
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