Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Damage (24RTR2JTXO)Image by Kordian via FlickrThe day Japan was struck by earthquake and tsunami, I briefly discussed with my wife the possible impact to the world of Japan's partial destruction (we know roughly what that means by now, and its extent, current extent).

"In a week's time," I said, "the impact will be felt by the world." And that is true enough. Roughly three weeks after the incident, we are already starting to feel the absence of a major key player in the semiconductor industry - while there are many subsidiaries worldwide, Japan is still the major source of raw materials that these outsourced franchises rely on to build their subsequent products that is consumed by worldwide factories.

What will Jack Welch and John Maxwell write about the Japan incident that we will learn from, all of us, not just leaders?

That book, if I live to see and read it, I am sure will be worth waiting for.

Perhaps it is too much of a tragedy that struck Japan, but were the japanese people thinking of being hit? they got hit, and they asked what anybody who gets hit asks, "Why me?!" That is as if to say, "Why not the others?"

Well, were they thinking of the others that got hit when they're not?

I'm not saying that all those who perished or suffered in that tragedy well deserve it, whatever that means. Sometimes we reap the consequences of our actions, but I am not saying that all who died or affected deserved the rightful judgement. Who am I to say that?

But this is my point. Were those who cried 'Foul!' rightly playing by the rules? Did they stop to think and empathize with those who were recently hit by similar tragedies in other parts of the world? Japan's case isn't the first one -  there's been too many - and it won't be the last. As predicted, the belt would be continuously moving, once it moves. How many more earthquakes are we therefore expecting?

And so, with a short thought from me, I hope we learn from what has happened to Japan, now, and then. And not only Japan, but also from Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, and from all the other countless incidents and accidents that has happened in the past - to prioritize what we should, and not live in this world alone, not mindful of others who are suffering, simply because we are well off and convenient in our small, little place. Let our mind be broader and our perspective wider, and we would be living in a better world, whatever hardship we face.

Hopefully, I live long enough to see and read and learn from the book that Jack Welch or John Maxwell will write about leadership lessons from the Japan earthquake and tsunami incidents.

I hope we all do.

Till then!
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