Friday, March 18, 2011

Aftermath of Japan's Tsunami

The Tao Te Ching says:

"There is nothing in the world more soft and weak than water,
and yet for attacking things that are firm and strong,
there is nothing superior to it."

Looking back at the twin disasters that hit Japan days ago, it is clear that what devastated Japan was not the 9.0 magnitude earthquake, but rather the powerful tsunami that it caused. What took the Japanese many years to build - cities, ports, farms etc were destroyed in mere seconds before the fury of nature's power. Seemingly solid, unmoving structures of concrete were smashed to pieces by the unstoppable water brought in by the tsunami. Cars, ships, planes were no better than twigs being washed here and there in a flood. Despite Japan's advanced building technologies and disaster warning system, thousands of people living in the coastal regions around Sendai still perish in the blink of an eye.

This tells us that no matter how smart Man think he is or how advanced he becomes with technology, he remains no match for Nature's power. Man can never conquer Nature, nor should he ever try to. That's why the sages of the past teach us to live in harmony with Nature and flow in accordance with its energy. The wise do not try to fight against Nature, but discard their egos instead and become One with Nature. He who is One with Nature is One with the Tao. He who is One with the Tao knows the Chi movement of both Heaven and Earth, and can thus avoid all calamities and use them to his advantage. As such he is called the Great Sage. But alas, there are no such people in Japan anymore. It has also become a country which can no longer produce any good and capable leaders. In the aftermath of this major disaster, the Japanese populace can only rely on themselves and on the assistance of other nations to help pull them through.

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