13 Mar 2011

Rest (to a certain extent)

Good news: the lesson-less week has begun. A week temporarily devoid of any lectures or tutorials. This however does not equate to a week without homework or studying. Neither does it mean a week without training or tuition or lessons outside of school or practice sessions. The schools shouldn't call it a holiday if they go all the way to making sure that it doesn't feel like one at all!

Although I usually make use of this lesson-less period to unwind and relax, preferably doing minimal activity, there are other students who go the opposite direction. Turns out the orientation hype hasn't died down yet, and I see those excited schoolmates who have been waiting for this time to hang out as a group and do stuff like movie-watching, ice-skating, shopping, bowling etc. And why not? It's a way to break the monotony of academic life. The problem isn't that in school we feel exhausted because we spend so much energy doing many things, but rather because we spend that same amount of energy on things we don't really feel like doing in the first place.

In other news, Mother Nature is, on the contrary, anything but restful at the moment. I'm sure a majority of people now have heard of calamity-stricken Japan, being hit by several unfortunate disasters in a row. The earthquake led to the huge tsunami that just simply swept through and swallowed up houses and vehicles effortlessly. Then nuclear factories also pose danger to the country, with the possibility of a nuclear meltdown. And more recently, a volcanic eruption just triggered somewhere around the south.

But what troubles me isn't just the fate of the victims over there. After news of the tsunami broke out, a significant portion of American online users start comparing this to Hurricane Katrina. People started arguing about the extent of damage between Katrina and this tsunami, although it was a fact that USA were given a better earlier warning about their hurricane than Japan about the incoming tsunami.

Then suddenly another portion of Americans go on about this tsunami being karma to Japan for what they did to Pearl Harbour. Really??? First of all, that event was more than half a century ago. Why would those Americans bring that up now? The war ended a long time ago, and to be fair, the atomic bombs that the US dropped on Japan did even more damage, both short- and long-term. If you want to talk in terms of loss of lives and damage, the argument can actually tip against your favour!

Also, the US shouldn't act as though all the bad things that happened to them completely trumps over what the rest of the world had suffered. The Japanese soldiers didn't just attack Pearl Harbour, they also invaded Asian countries too. Sure, your war veterans can testify the fact that many soldiers lost their lives. So did Asian countries, except we also had loss of the lives of innocent average citizens, especially the Chinese. America didn't experience the full wrath of the Japanese soldiers because they weren't under Japanese rule.

So to those portion of Americans who are so self-centred and ignorant, stop talking about karma and war. This is the 21st century, and we've already left that part of the past behind. Being someone who still holds a grudge against the Japanese is quite pointless and old-fashioned. Now we are one world, where the countries help to look after each other and survive. Japan has innocent lives at stake, just like any country would have during any crisis.

Just put your stupid argument to rest, and at least help Japan out in any way you can.