Stories from Japan Disaster – Part 1

March 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

I am reposting this touching story:

By chance, a group of volunteers met a young boy whose parents were killed in the tsunami. His father was on his way to pick him up from school when the tsunami hit. The young boy personally witnessed his dad’s car being slowly swept away by the killer wave, but was unable to do anything about it. He had not heard from his parents since.

For someone who had lost both parents to the tsunami, the young boy appeared incredibly calm though sadness was clearly visible in eyes. He was asked by the volunteers if he had anything to eat; he politely answered “no”. Hearing this, a kind person gave him some food to eat. After thanking the person, the young boy immediately went to the nearby shelter and gave the food to the aid workers there. He then went to the back of the line, awaiting his turn to receive a share.

Even in such a dire circumstance, this unfortunate boy demonstrated courage and unselfishness. This is the essence of the Japanese culture, and is something to be admired. More stories in the coming days.


Japan will rise again!

March 14, 2011 § 4 Comments

Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami over the weekend. Hearing this news makes me a little sad, as I have always had a special connection with the Japanese culture and people. In fact, I have written extensively about the country here in this blog and elsewhere. Although it may seem gloomy for Japan at the moment, I have no doubt that the country will recover from this. It should be noted that there have not been even a single report of LOOTING or ANARCHY since the incident. This is in total contrast to what occurred following other recent disasters like the Haiti Earthquake and even Katrina. This shows us that the Japanese are strong and proud people who will rise up from the ashes to rebuild their country. Pray for Japan.

Happy Thanksgiving 2010!

November 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Gratitude is one of the natural characteristics that keep the human race to together. Without it, human relations and societies will cease to exist. Consequently, even the most heartless person realizes a need for reciprocity; even the most selfish person understands the importance of gratitude. On this Thanksgiving Day, I would like to express my thanks and best wishes to all my loyal readers. God Bless!

In Brief: Youthful Persistence

December 4, 2009 § 3 Comments

A 68-year old South Korean woman recently passed the written exam for a driver’s license after 949 failed attempts. After hearing this news story, I am pondering a move to South Korea. Here in America, you are likely to be given a free pass after about 10 tries. But I am too principled to accept such.

In Focus: Sky City 1000

August 27, 2009 § 3 Comments

Would you like to live in such a city? I wouldn’t.

Video Credits: Observadora78


Open Forum: The Greatest Invention

September 18, 2008 § 11 Comments

Imagine a world without inventions and innovation. What a scare thought! Inventions are a critical component of the human progress. They keep us moving forward and improve the scope and magnitude of our lives. The two earliest inventions were fire and the wheel. Incredibly, these two things are still very much relevant today.

Personal computer and the World Wide Web are two recent examples of modern inventions. You would not be able to read this post without them. Of course, there are numerous other important inventions and innovation. Some help improve our lives; others take them away. This begs the following questions:

Which invention(s) do you believe to be the most important? Which one is your personal favorite? Which one is the most dangerous?

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Open Forum: Iraq War

September 7, 2008 § 7 Comments

Let not debate the merits or demerits of the U.S invasion of Iraq. Instead, the focus should be on what to do next. In recent months, we have seen a dramatic reduction in Iraq’s violence. The troop surge is credited as the main driver behind the decline in violence. The situation in Iraq has improved so much that the Iraqi government is considering asking the U.S. to withdraw its troops from the country. This begs the following question:

If the Iraqi government formally asks the U.S. to leave the country, should the U.S. comply? Share your views on this issue.

Pros: free up funds for domestic priorities, improve U.S. image around the world, empower the Iraqis to take care of their own country, …

Cons: may spark a civil war, allow Iranians a free hand to meddle in Iraq, give terrorists a symbolic victory, …

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