Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Big Waves, Big Problems

I was, along with pretty much the entire world, horrified when videos of waves battering a nation came up on the internet. Before that, I was like "Oh... Tsunami again?". Not that I don't care, but somehow, after repeated occurrences of natural disasters all over the world, I have ceased to be "OMG OMG OMGGGGG HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN??" and more ".... Again??"

Then I saw the videos of huge-ass waves rolling gleefully where no waves should be. It's frightening to see how easily man's best efforts can be crushed under the weight of nature. It's almost like the technology and advancements we're so proud of are like little sandcastles on the beach. One wave, and it's all gone. Again, we are forcefully reminded that we're temporary and despite our arrogance, we are pitifully dependent on the goodwill of Mother Nature. And sometimes Mother Nature can get nasty, you know?

Click here to see satellite images of before and after the tsunami in Japan.

 Damn horrendous right? All I could do was gasp in horror. It takes a while to process the fact that PEOPLE lived in those little houses in the pictures, worked in those little buildings, and laboured in the little green squares that WERE fields. And now homes and entire livelihoods are gone. It's not just a matter of a tsunami, it's about how this nation is going to rebuild itself in the aftermath. And just like how sometimes you need a helping hand to find your feet after a bad fall, Japan needs us right now. If you haven't donated, do it! There are many ways to do it, from dropping money into the donation box at temples, churches, etc, to donating via iTunes.

Google Crisis Response is a project for the tsunami, your donations will go to the Japan Red Cross Society.
You can also donate through iTunes! Not too sure how it works, cos I don't have iTunes, but apparently it's really easy. Check it out, iTunes people!

Do it for the homeless Japanese people who can't take a shower cos there's a water shortage. And shiver in the almost-freezing temperatures. And can't find their loved ones. Or at the veeery least, for the sake of the cool techy stuff that come from Japan.


singming said...

so how much did you donate?

May Lee said...

20 bucks haha. that was all i had at the time.. but now come to think of it, dunno legit or not. nanti kena con omg. i hope at least 10 bucks reached japan!!