The reason why I bring it up is because the other day I had the misfortune of being in earshot of someone spouting what I can only describe as rubbish regarding what has happened in Japan.
This person was banging on about 'it's always the British who help other countries …ya da ya da' (crap) and I quote 'when it was flooding in Cornwall (or somewhere in the UK) they did not come to help…'
I can't lie listening to this person really pissed me off!
Not to underestimate the impact of the flooding which occurred recently in the UK and the devastation it caused to those people effected, however clearly Japan is in a different level.
I mean don't get me wrong I can kind of understand how in this day of 24/7 news, it can be easy to become desensitised. I mean you see it, you read it, you tweet it, you facebook it 24/7 and in this day of 'breaking news' it seems like everyday a daily dose of bad news is delivered for our consumption.
If you think about it before Japan's earthquake, there was the earthquake in New Zealand , the week before that there was Gaddafi, the week before that there was the uprising in Egypt… all rolled into one constant flow of 'news'.
So in a sense I can see why we not only become desensitised but that desensitization is key to being about to pick oneself up (after the initial shock) and going on about our daily lives…whilst across the pond there is devastation.
That coupled with the fact in this country people are struggling, it's a recession, there are cut backs, and petrol prices are sky high and I can just about afford to get to work let alone afford to donate money to the numerous charitible causes (is it me or has comic relief come around so quickly?)… So in a sense I get it or at least I get why that person was spouting crap…
…However, my main point is despite all the above if you looked at things not from the viewpoint of yourself, or which country you are a citizen of, or what your country has already done for other countries and think about what has happened in Japan just on a basic 'human' level (for lack of a better word) using empathy, sympathy and compassion …
What if that was your family lost? Your neighbours and neighbourhood lost? Your home…lost? your job and basically your life washed away in one instant would you not need or want help?
God forbid a tsunami or some other natural disaster befalls the UK and people's responses are that of my friend spouting crap…
The saying comes to mind if you don't have anything good to say don't say anything at all!