Another morning, another vomiting of misinformation and opinions presented as fact and journalism. I am genuinely not too alarmed by the threat from the Nuclear Power plant, but finding it very difficult to concentrate on anything else, especially revision for tomorrow’s test! There is the overburdening sensation that if one switches off the news/facebook/twitter feeds for just a second then something even more catastrophic will happen, which is exactly how they plan it no doubt. There are reports of people, who have died in Japan because of stress-induced heart attacks brought about some of the sensationalised media coverage, and I find that disgusting. Not quite so disgusting was the fact that for the first time in over two years I did not have a shower in the morning, as my bathtub is still full of (slowly stagnating) water. And yes, the peaches are still there too.
This afternoon I went and had lunch with Richard in Higahsmastubara Park. It was a beautiful day, the plum trees were in full bloom, and the park was full of laughing, and screaming children. Indeed some of them seemed to have been given the freedom of a set of tools and were making adjustments to the ‘Mad Max’ style playground; considering that some of them were barely out of nappies (and in one case still in), they carried out this job with a remarkable sense of pride and purpose. Looking around at all of these families getting on with their daily lives I was reminded of the fact that many of them must have families in the North of the country, as well as having many fears about the current Nuclear and Aftershock situations, and yet here they were getting on with life, enjoying the sunshine and trying to get back to ‘normal’. Humanity can be a truly beautiful thing, and that is something that no news reporter or media-hungry social recluse can ever take away from any of us.