In every one of our lives, a few events take more importance. Why? There are many reasons but I guess the main one is when they touch us in one way or another. Personally, the September 11 New York City terrorist attacks will always remain a life changing event but the recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear issues in Japan have just joined the list.
There are many reasons but I guess the main ones are that I was actually on my way towards Japan on March 11 when the events occurred and had been looking forward to that trip for about one year so seeing all of the heartbreaking images generated a lot of reflections and what if’s.. The main one being if I had left the previous day and actually made it to Tokyo…the other reason that made it so personal is the fact that I have many friends who were and live in Japan and who are still greatly affected by these events.
To be sure like almost any other event in the world, there are severe consequences from an investment perspective and I will certainly discuss some of these (including questions over the future of nuclear energy, of oil, the impact on the Japanese and world economy, etc) over the next few weeks and months. But not today. Today is about all of the victims of this terrible tragedy. It is incredibly sad when you think about all of those broken families, broken lives, etc.
Personally, I will be giving to the Red Cross both personally and from my internet company in the hopes of making even a small difference. I guess the main question now is regarding the nuclear reacter meltdowns and we can only hope that the situation can be maintained so that Japan, with the help of the world, can start its mourning and the rebuilding of its wonderful land and culture.
I know that this post is very different from what you are used to seeing on this blog and hope you still enjoyed it. I felt like I needed to ask for help on Japan’s behalf.
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