“…off the east coast of Honshu Japan” is a phrase that consistently comes up on my twitter feed.
It comes as a result of following the humbling, awe-inspiring, and worrisome @NewEarthquake. It is updated anytime a 4.5+ earthquake occurs anywhere in the world with a simple phrase that gives time, location, magnitude, and depth. In the past 24 hours, there have been more than 40 quakes bigger than 4.5 off the east coast of Honshu Japan. This planet possesses awe inspiring and humbling natural forces that should give anyone pause to reflect on the precariousness and preciousness of any of our situations. While the twitter feed may seem cold and technical, it hits home just as much as photos, videos, and testimonies one might see or hear right now. It spells out the unavoidable fact that Japan and its people are within a depth of troubling times, and that things will only remain precarious for the near future.
While there is no great evil within this scenario for us to fight, there is plenty for us to give and share, and plenty for us to learn. It opened my eyes to begin following on twitter both the Canadian and American Red Cross, organizations I have long had respect for, but admittedly often neglect. Following a handful of individual reporters in Japan has also been humbling. Their perceived compassion to keep the world informed globally, as well as aid those locally is a testament to positive human nature.
In the end, the purpose of this post is to share with you some rambling thoughts on humility, nature, and the perception that social networking has changed how we connect with global challenges. Thus, I will leave you with an article, you may have already seen, that prompted a good group discussion the other day, and ask that you please give if you can.
Why is there no looting in Japan? – March 14 article by Ed West