Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Life for the living

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Strange thing happened yesterday on Twitter, I had two followers - not sure why and then out of the blue Yoko Ono (yes, Yoko Ono, 68 year old Japanese artist who was married to the amazing John Lennon) became one of my followers. Naturally I clicked on her Twitter site and have begun to follow her. She has an amazing website all about Peace. Haven't really worked out the value of Twitter yet and find that most of the tweets are about famous people and their daily or hourly thoughts encapsulated into a minimal amount of words, but I'll visit from time to time to see if I have anything to offer to this strange conversation that infiltrates the ether.
I've gone into shut-down about the Japanese Tsunami, the images on the television are just too horrific to absorb, however there is a photo this morning in the Age newspaper of a worker holding a four month old baby that he had rescued in northern Japan. It's images like this that speak to our humanity and our desire that life continue for those who have survived. And they must continue, because life is, as they say, for the living. But those living in Japan today have real and continuing fears for their life because of the dangers they face from nuclear meltdowns and exposure to radiation.  Exposure to radiation and it's symptomatic aftermath and risk to health is something they have not experienced since WW2.
We should take a moment to think how lucky we are to be living in Australia and the fact that in Melbourne we've only experienced a few significant earthquakes over 4.8 magnitude on the Richter scale, namely, way back on 17 September 1855 and then 7 July 1971, 2 December 1977, 21 November 1982, 29 August 2000 and, more recently on the 6 and 18 March 2009. Of course, the epicenter of those earthquakes was well away from Melbourne, but still felt. See: List of earthquakes in Australia.

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