Questions In the Wake of Disaster

By Kimberly Zawada

Japan rescue team

Rescue workers search for survivors in Japan. Photo source: UK Guardian.

Japan. So many people hurt, lost, and in pain. Where are all the trees?  How do you locate the spot your house was on without land markers or street signs? No matter how much people prepare for disaster one can never prepare the heart.

Will the world be as generous to them as they were to Haiti? Three disasters for one country. It took US years to overcome 9/11, and that was just one disaster. Will their economy survive? Will the world’s economy survive?

Now comes the goodness of mankind. What is it like to receive such kindness? Is it overwhelming or never enough?

I would imagine each culture, each generation, accepts it differently. Maybe it is not considered kindness, but something else, when it is forced upon you. So I watch this unfold, live and before my eyes.

How can you not be moved?

Kimberly M. Zawada is the Business Manager in the Diederich College of Communication’s Department of Student Media.

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