I need my on-line friends to help me keep in mind the big picture. I need their openness and honesty in how they deal with different things.
I finally cried for Japan today. I finally watched a news clip and cried.
We all cope with tragedy differently. And some of us cope better than others. The reason I talk about coping so much is because of how crazy things can get within ourselves just trying to take in (or ignore) the magnitude of some tragedies. And sometimes we aren't even conscious of our coping strategies.
Last night, I watched a children's cartoon, an anime that originated in Japan. It's crazy, but I didn't connect it to today's events until this morning.
In the anime, Earth is being bombarded with radiation by aliens. Life on earth was forced underground and the heroes had one year to complete a quest to a distant planet and back or all life would be extinguished.
This morning, I realized it was my subconscious mind's way of getting around to dealing with this. It helped me connect to the human tragedy and Japan's present fight with time and their damaged nuclear reactor.
The U.S. and Japan are deeply connected, first in conflict, then in peace. Starting from Pearl Harbor, moving through Hiroshima and Nagasaki and into a close friendship.
My personal connections with Japan are the fact that my brother was stationed there with his wife a few years back and my husband's brother's wife was a missionary there. And I couldn't even think of these connections until I watch a children's cartoon. I openly admit, my coping systems aren't the best.