We sit, fascinated, horrified, terrified, concerned... a natural disaster on the other side of the world has us entranced. I feel like a rabbit caught in the headlights of a car: I don't know what to do, other than watch and hope. So many people missing, so much destruction, the threat of more devastation from unstable nuclear reactors, from fires and explosions.
What can we do? We are so far removed from Japan, from the Pacific rim... It feels like the world should have stopped, that it should have dropped everything and turned focus on the most recent natural disaster. It always feels that way. But it isn't so - we still have to eat, and sleep and work; we go to movies and shopping and we play online. I sit in a Boston Pizza, four hours from home, and I blog about code. It's a paradox I often struggle with - the lives of so many people touched, changed, ruined or simply ended... and mine continues along, unaffected. I feel great empathy and concern, but it's directed at a faceless, nameless entity: "everyone who has been affected by the recent Tsunami". What can I do with that, how do I focus it?
I can send my best wishes, but however sincere they are - however much hope, concern and empathy I have - they are naught but words... it doesn't seem significant enough.