I feel preoccupied with the horrible loss of life we are learning of in Japan. I have friends there although, thankfully, none in the areas struck by the tsunami. I certainly agree with the bloggers and writers who have commented on how the Japanese response to this disaster shows the advantages of belonging to a high-I.Q., homogeneous population. Apart from that, it seems to me that Japanese society has a blend of order, attention to detail, honesty, and decency, qualities realized in a unique national character that can’t be imitated or fully explained.
But really, this is not the time to project our selfish concerns upon a people undergoing terrible suffering and loss. I’d rather refrain from comment and just send good wishes and prayers to the people of Japan.