Monday, March 14, 2011

A First Person View of Horror

We talk about a lot of things on this blog. Mostly about horror tropes and writing, but it is so easy to lose sight of the world around us and the terror that it can bring.

As I’m sure you all know, a catastrophic earthquake forever changed the island nation of Japan. Some people are reporting more than 10,000 dead at the moment. Statistics about how damaging the quake was filter across news channels. We see facts that their coast may have shifted eight feet in just a short period of time. What the facts do not show you is the human element.

The video below is a true to life glimpse of horror. Nothing that I could ever write will ever conjure the sheer ferocity of this tsunami, nor will it ever leave an impact like it did for the person filming. Please, take a few minutes to watch this.

Forgive me for not being able to embed it, I couldn’t find the same video on youtube.

I’ve never been so happy to be landlocked in all my life. It would take our local dam bursting to produce anything like this, and it would still pale in comparison. I’ll try to avoid some of the major clich├ęs floating around, but I do wish that there was more that we could do. Donations help, but the scars of this earthquake and ensuing tsunami will mark the lives of the Japanese people in a way we can’t comprehend.

Thankfully, the Japanese are a resourceful and brilliant sort. Disasters like this always seem to bring out the very best in people, and I think that trend will continue here.  Let’s all hope that as they grieve and work to rebuild, that they can continue to make a nation they are proud of.

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