Like a toy box turned upside down with all its contents spilled across the floor and into the bathtub, this latest disaster, an 8.9 earthquake in Japan, has hit at the heart of that great country. Surely, even with all the preparations for that fault line infested country, there were those who thought or felt that it couldn’t happen there. But happen there, and in Haiti and New Zealand and previously elsewhere, it did. It is enough to arouse fear even in the most courageous and doubting.
Lying awake at night now, those most directly affected, one may wonder what will be next. Our world seems to be on a topsy turvy collision course with disasters of natural and human made provocation. Storms come, buildings fall, explosions rip apart and elders and children flee. It is a scene straight out of a movie made to terrorize the mind and shake one’s very soul.