It is at our own peril that we, in the United States, will fail to grasp the importance of making sure that children in this country are protected during and following disasters.
Death is part of the cycles of life and of creation. Mourning is how we acknowledge these losses without giving up on love.
Citizens can build on that information to do everything possible to stop inevitable disasters from having such devastating effects on our communities.
Activities like tsunami warning systems are the heart of the logic behind a strong national government. Yet these "general welfare programs" are routinely disparaged as "out-of-control federal spending."
There are some simple steps you can take to become less obsessed with disaster, and yet still be compassionately involved with your fellow man. Doing these things will engage your mind, heart and being in positive, life-affirming ways.
Whether the worry is radiation poisoning or heart disease, we tend to focus more on prevention after than before an emergency. Our thinking is so consistently responsive to the crisis that is, rather than ahead of the crisis that might be.
The valuable argument coming from the ashes of this crisis is simple: Japan can afford to rebuild. The economic possibilities of nations depend on human, technological and organizational power.
People and governments tend to react to the last disaster -- or, for that matter, the last war or the last election -- when what we need to do is plan for the next one. How do we think ahead?
It's time for the State Department to permanently change its policy to allow all members of U.S. citizens' families -- no matter how many legs they have -- to evacuate together when disaster strikes.
As spring dawns, the economy's green shoots have been trampled once again, first by the economic fallout from Japan's tsunami, and again by rising worldwide commodity prices.
There is the resolute determination to remain in Tokyo no matter what. I will never forget seeing Tokyo going about its business in a slow, orderly, dignified fashion.
To the American mainstream media: Please, please, for the love of intelligent conversation about real data, please report the numbers.
Our demonstrating that we feel empathy and connection to the people of Japan can mitigate one of trauma's most damaging effects: the shattering of connection to others, a sense of isolation and abandonment.
No one chooses to be struck by a natural disaster, and we would never wish it upon another. But when things do happen, might we use them to become stronger?
Far too many people are worrying themselves sick over the remote possibility that they and their families might be exposed to massive amounts of radiation from Japan.