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A victim of the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (1995) talks about five “don’ts” to remember when volunteering for disaster relief, based on his own experience. One of them concerns what you should never say to disaster victims: “You move me.” Moved by what? Disaster victims are all desperate, living in miserable conditions. If you are moved by their desperate efforts, then you probably lack a sense of involvement, saying to yourself, “This is none of my business after all.” True enough. This logic, I believe, also applies to “never give up,” a motto that is now prevalent in Second Life, particularly among young Japanese residents. While I understand an emotional cause underlying this motto, none of the victims wants to give up anything. If you are in a safe and comfortable environment, how can you justify yourself for saying “never give up” to those who are in difficulties? Also important, as he points out, is that you don’t necessarily need to act right now. So, I would rather think about what I can do to help them, looking a few months, a year or a few years ahead, as most of us will gradually lose interest in the disaster-stricken areas.


This is very touching Shoji! I join your prayer for all the victims

View pier's home pier | 9 year(s) ago

...and I do as well, Shoji.  I am so sorry for all the grief and sadness; please know WE share it with you.  It is a lovely sentiment Shoji and well expressed in your touching work.

View Lanay's home Lanay | 9 year(s) ago

Shoji, this is beautiful. The people of Japan are teaching the world about dignity and I send you love and best wishes x

View annieklavinham's home annieklavinham | 9 year(s) ago

moving, yet beautifully restrained. 

thinking of you, and all Japanese friends

View LoquaciaLoon's home LoquaciaLoon | 9 year(s) ago

This is so lovely Shoji, this simple image says it all.  You all continue to be in our thoughts.

View Harbor-Galaxy's home Harbor-Galaxy | 9 year(s) ago

Grazie, pier. KOINUP is doing a great job supporting the cause. I really appreciate it. 

View Shoji's home Shoji | 9 year(s) ago

Lanay, your series of pictures are impressive and I love them all.

View Shoji's home Shoji | 9 year(s) ago

Thank you, annie. Your words pump me up :)  

View Shoji's home Shoji | 9 year(s) ago

Thank you Loquacia. I'm just not in the mood to chant the slogan "Never Give Up, Japan!"

View Shoji's home Shoji | 9 year(s) ago

Glad that you understand what I want to express with this pic. Harbor. 

View Shoji's home Shoji | 9 year(s) ago

Magnifique prière Shoji, cette image me touche profondément ... Les pierres et cailloux que l'on trouve ainsi disposés dans mon pays, la sénégal, signifie toujours un message d'espoir pour le passant perdu au long de sa route pour un moment....

View PralineB's home PralineB | 9 year(s) ago

Merci beaucoup, Praline. Votre histoire au Sénégal me touche profondément.

View Shoji's home Shoji | 9 year(s) ago

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