WIS Perspective - An editorial on the Japan tragedy

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Is anyone else struck, as I am, by the remarkable way the Japanese people are handling the recent earthquake and tsunami devastation in their country?

There were no reports of looting or rioting. People waited patiently in line for food and emergency supplies making sure that the elderly and most needy were served first. And they haven't lashed out at their government's handling of rescue and recovery efforts. Quite simply, they have handled this tragic situation with customary grace and dignity.

This is in stark contrast to the aftermath of devastating events in our nation such as the recent gulf oil spill crisis and Katrina .

Our cultures are very different but I think we could take some learning moments from the Japanese people who place concern and respect of their fellow citizens in highest regard, even in the face of tragedy and destruction.

That's my perspective, and I'd like to hear from you.

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