When tsunami alerts reached the coasts of so many different countries, it inevitably triggered a feeling that challenged everything that was known, as we collectively faced the uncertainty of the future.
Cultivating compassion in the face of a tragedy makes us feel good. Compassion often leads us to three other very potent positive experiences.
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The nuclear crisis in Japan is a terrifying reminder of all that can go wrong at a nuclear power plant. The United States must move away from this inherently dangerous technology and towards safer energy sources.
After the Japanese earthquake, an American friend living in Tokyo shared some of his reactions about the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster. The info...
As global citizens, we need to improve existing nuclear programs and ensure than new ones are built on a solid foundation of the highest level of expertise, quality, safety and transparency.
Over the past 10 years more than 2.6 billion (yes, billion with a "B") have been affected by natural catastrophes, compared with 1.6 billion in the previous decade. Why the drastic increase?
Religion unites us in times of trouble, it helps us persevere in difficult circumstances, and it gives us hope. But we need to go further and seriously ask, does God use nature to punish?
The usual emphasis on panic in disasters implies that, in a crisis, we're all sheep wheeling around idiotically and selfishly trampling those around us. But those who study the subject confirm that most of us behave beautifully.
Thyroid cancer? While few people devoted much thought to it before, this disease has been thrust into public consciousness by the tragic news about Japan's recent nuclear catastrophe.
What we often forget, or perhaps were never taught, is that the happiness we seek can only be found when we reach outside of ourselves and help someone.
Since 1945, the UN has been the vehicle through which we ensure national sovereignty, democracy and human rights. Yet, the GOP seems determined to withdraw the U.S. from its obligations to the UN.
People around the world have marveled at the lack of mass-looting in Japan. Is it the presence of "wa" that prevents people from looting, or the power of the individual that allows them to loot?
It may comfort you to know that our government has plans to keep America's nuclear waste safe for a million years. What a relief! Good to know that America's rulers have thought this stuff through.
Friends in Japan, we are looking today and we are so moved by who you are -- your instinct to help others through these difficult hours and days.
When faced with catastrophe on the scale of Japan's current plight abiding questions get asked... How does a nation recover from such tragedy? How does an individual rise from the ashes of calamity on such a biblical scale?