Please note this picture of gaping chasms in a Japanese road demonstrated the power of the March 11, 2011 earthquake.
Now, the astonishing speed of reconstruction highlights Japan’s ability to get back on its feet.
Work began on March 17 and six days later, the cratered section of the Great Kanto Highway in Naka was as good as new.
It was totally ready to re-open to traffic!
10 things to learn 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 the present, 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 ever be repaid?
7. THE TENDERNESS. Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM was 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.
June 15, 2011
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