10 Things to emulate from Japan & 10 Things to give up
10 THINGS TO EMULATE FROM JAPAN
1. THE CALM
Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.
2. THE DIGNITY
Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.
3. THE ABILITY
The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.
4. THE GRACE
People bought only what they needed for one time, so everybody could get something.
5. THE ORDER
No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.
6. THE SACRIFICE
Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the n-reactors. How will they repay them?
7. THE TENDERNESS
Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.
8. THE TRAINING
The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.
9. THE MEDIA
They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.
10. THE CONSCIENCE
When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly.
& 10 THINGS TO GIVE UP
1. The nuke plants. Be very cautious
2. A skewed demography. Too many old people
3. Growth based on debt
4. Underestimating nature
5. Overemphasis on local dialect. Many may not know it
6. Living too close to the coast
7. Building low rise near water
8. Ignoring foreshocks. There was a 7.2 before the 9.0
9. Postponing charity. Give now
10. Political instability
This was written for the 10 Things column in Tehelka Magazine