Japan: The Cost of Human Life
I have been plagued by images of Katrina, Pakistan in its winter of suffering, Haiti, New Zealand, Chili, 9/11. I have been plagued by images of suffering and if that were the extent, I would with great pain tolerate it; but the most damaging aspect of these traumatic disasters, is not only the lives lost and the multitude suffering, the humanitarian crisis is in the propaganda and in the rape of the poor and the rape of the victimized.
I am plagued by the image of wild life and mammal suffering in the wake of ecological disasters and the absolute turning away that officials do during a time of crisis.
I think that pain is inevitable, but the injustice comes when a corporatist attempts to make little of the condition in order to advance the principles and profits of the money makers.
In addition to the very tragic and deeply sad condition of these people; what gets my feeling of injustice riled up, is the disconnect between the authority and the populace. We feel it--though at the moment not in this kind of crisis, sometimes I feel like we are primitive animals in a zoo, and our zoo keepers are our politicians---they make up what ever they want to say on the moment, with no concern for the consequences of the middle and poor classes who are caged in and completely at the mercy of the political zoo-keepers.
Imagine these instructions if you are in Japan: "if you have been outside, dust off your hair, if you have clothes on the line do not bring it in, dust off your shoes, shut all your windows, do not use air conditioners--embrace this information calmly. A fire has broken out in number 4, the cause was a hydrogen blast..
And finally, there is no danger to human life, continue to follow the instruction that you hear from your officials"