Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Human Nature

Forgive me for my stupid fan's point of view, but the longer Anderson stays in Port-au-Prince, the more attractive he becomes. Maybe from sadness, anger, frustration... All these experience is making him emotionally stronger, more responsible for his job, and he's become stunningly handsome.


That's what I thought at the beginning of the show. Later on, as I see more report from there, I could tell what makes him look like that.

I am an English teacher in Japan, and a few years ago, I told my students how poor Haiti is, and there were food riots there. People fought for foods, and plunder what others had. At that time, I remember seeing only a short report on a riot.

From Anderson's report on looting, I thought I saw human nature. His camera was nearly robbed People need to fight in order to survive. This is really sad, but generations later, survivors might become heroes. They might be seen as stronger ones. We all know we should help each other, but those ethics won't work when it comes to the matter of life and death.

It was a breath of fresh air to see Anderson rescue a young boy. The boy seemed severely injured but he had no time to cry. He needs to survive.











And we should not forget about Sanjay's amazing work. He works as a doctor as well as a journalist. He tells us firsthand what's going on in health center there. As time goes by, they desperately need to avoid infection. People there do not have anything and they do need food and drugs to survive. All they need is donation, even though we can not tell if all the donation reaches needy people or not, this is the only thing we can do. I personally donated via Medecins sans Frontieres. Have you given them a helping hand?

Life and Death

In the aftermath of gigantic earthquake, first, I saw heroes, helping each other survive. Five days later, there are far more dead bodies than those surviving under rubbles. Of course all the lives are equally precious, but at this moment, they don't expect someone to be alive. This is what makes one life even more precious, giving hope to everyone.

It was heartwarming seeing a baby rescued after more than 60 hours. She may not have understood the situation, where her family members were dying around her, but her smile seemed genuinely happy. She gave us a big hope.





While there are some hope for those who are rescued, there are numerous dead bodies neglected and buried inhumanely. I remember seeing as many birds buried after the case of avian flu was detected. I felt sad seeing birds stacked and buried in one place. That was birds. This time, what I see in the site was countless numbers of human bodies. That was shocking. So shocking to me that I got frozen for a while. I did assume that they would not be identified. But under good government and organization, it is normal that who are buried there. I didn't know that in Sumatra, each of the dead bodies was pictured so that the loved ones would know how they end up their lives.

The smell must have been overwhelming and I could tell how eerie it was. I really appreciate his decision to let us see the mass grave. Really shocking but we must see. Who that see this devastation could turn a blind eye to Haiti? We are all responsible for helping them.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti

I don't know much about Haiti. All I know is that the country is extremely poor, so poor that people even ate cookies made of mud, and that the government is not working very well. But that's enough for me to imagine what a chaotic situation this earthquake would create. Of course we see many bad things on the aftermath of the earthquake, but through this report, we did see many nice moments. People are helping each other. International aids had not reached them. They have to do what little things they can to help others.

I always support Anderson's commitment to let the world know what is happening in the devastated area. I like him all the more for his kind remark on Haitian people. They deserve to have their stories told.

I'll write more about Haiti later, just posting some other photos.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Impact Your Word Commercial

It's nice to hear Anderson's voice during a commercial break unexpectedly. The strong light makes him look even more photogenic.

INNOVATION




I'm still updating my blog!









Brainwashing Children

I think I've heard about terrorist school in Pakistan before, but this practice hasn't changed. It is really disturbing to see a young boy executing a criminal. They are indoctrinating innocent boys into believing that death is not something you should avoid, and that it is all right to kill themselves as it is one way to go to heaven.
Incidentally, in my English class, I showed my 14-years students Michael Jackson's live performance, in which Michael hopes happiness of children all over the world. There's a stark contrast between happy children singing together with Michael Jackson and those in Pakistan.


INNOVATION

I couldn't take my eyes off with the TV screen when Anderson appeared on segway. He'd got a knack of it. I have never tried it yet, but I hear it is a bit tricky to handle it.











When it comes to technology, Japanese scientists are doing fairly well, but I admit we are behind those in the United States. However, it seems we have similar problem in common; young people these days are not excited about science, governments and private companies are reluctant to finance large amount of money on R&D due to recession.
I want to believe anything that is imaginable would be eventually created. We already know how time machine could be created, although it's impossible for us to move faster than the light speed. So when the scientist said he would love to see a time machine, I was very happy. They never give up creating one.

2010

It's too late to say Happy New Year, but better late than never. I hope to update this place much more often than I did last year.