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Earth-Shaking News

Posted by Dirck on 11 March, 2011

I don’t frequently comment on specific news events, but the earthquake which just struck Japan will not leave my imagination.  This footage of the tsunami not merely going inland, but apparently never going to stop, reduced me to tears (although not in sufficient quantity, as I still feel the odd physical pressure in my head which an over-abundance of emotion brings).

Becuase I’m not directly affected though, beyond a Dickensian “mankind should be my business” way, I am able to also detach slightly.  I wonder, in this somewhat heartless and academic consideration, whether the daikaiju films, those of Godzilla, Gamera, and less famous hangers-on, have not been to some degree a prolonged exercise in desensitization.  This picture is a case in point:

Taken from BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12709791

I have seen just about this exact thing previously, in the 1995 restart of the Gamera franchise.  When I saw it this morning, and the progression of the fire in later live coverage, the shock of it was overlaid with a strange and somewhat tranquillizing surprise that Gamera wasn’t standing in the inferno, consuming the released energy.  Silly, of course, but I still wonder if the same sensation doesn’t affect those who are fleeing from the scene, ideally in such a way that panic is kept to an minimum.

Foolishness aside, this is for those of us not embroiled in it a useful and concrete example of “Things could be worse.”  Am I trapped in the rubble of my shattered house while a wall of flaming wreckage borne by recreant sea-water races towards me?  No?  Well, then I’m doing relatively well.  I do hope that Japan’s relatively high degree of preparation for tectonic shenanigans will allow a lot of people in actual danger from the aforementioned to also have answered in the negative.

I shall have to be careful not to crush my wife and son with hugs when I get home.

Today’s pen: Sheaffer Imperial IV
Today’s ink:  Pelikan 4001 violet

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