DISASTER AND BEAUTY
18 March 2011
Making disaster movies obsolete, the triple catastrophe in Japan rolls on, with personal risk too playing a role: Sean has now decided to get out of northern Japan, and has booked a flight tomorrow Sunday. You may imagine Adrienne's feelings. With the Fukushima nuclear plant's breakdown getting worse every day (according to the news) anything could happen. With less information than radiation leaking out of Fukushima , the Japanese people are today leaving the country, not trusting the government's reassurances.
Strangely, there is beauty to be seen among the vast, snow-blanketed debris, and the magnificence of ships pictured tossed like bath-toys, the uncoiling beast of apocalyptic seas smashing and carrying everything away, the quiet bravery of the rescue teams. Even the heartbreak and the unbroken spirit of the truncated families shines with a beauty. What a strange thing.