Today Jamie asks:
courtesy of We Heart It
With everything that has happened in Japan since last Friday, it's hard not to automatically think of all the thoughts I'm having for the people there. I'm constantly updating the live feed from Guardian news, as though listening and sending out my prayers will do some good. I want them to get the help that they need and for things to calm down so that they have a chance to deal with the catastrophe. I want so desperately to be able to do more than donate the few bucks I can spare.
Beyond that, it's hard to think of wishes for the world at the moment. I suppose, if there is something to learn from the horrible tragedies in Japan, it's that the world is far too dependent on nuclear power and petrol. For such a smart species, we continue to be lacking in ways to come up with alternative fossil fuels. I realize that wouldn't have stopped the earthquake and tsunami - mother nature does as she sees fit and all we can do is be there in the aftermath to help those affected - but there wouldn't be the threat of nuclear meltdown and maybe help would be able to get to those who needed it without the need to stop and analyze the gas reserves. I'm not blaming the Japanese for this, I hope that's clear, and this isn't the first time I've thought about how dependent we, especially here in the USA, are on oil and nuclear power (and nuclear weapons). It amazes me sometimes that some people still don't see the problems that they pose to our continued survival.
My wish this Wednesday is first and foremost that Japan stops getting hit with catastrophe after catastrope so they can be properly aided in the aftermath. But I also wish that as the months continue, people stop to think about the things we can control to help combat this dependency on a personal level. I worry I don't do enough myself, let alone have the ability to effect change in others, but I wish to believe that it can be done.