True graciousness is displayed under the greatest pressure and this is why I wish we were more like the wonderful people of Japan. Following the quake and tsunami, this is what I read in the New York Times that prompted me to post this extract.
No buildings had collapsed in his neighborhood, Mr. Tonge said, and people were not panicking — typical of a nation accustomed to order and schooled to stay calm and constructive.
“The few shops open have people queuing nicely,” he said, “with no pushing or fighting or anything.” He said he hoped the earthquake would not come to be known as the “Sendai quake.”
“I haven’t heard it being called the Sendai quake here, but if that’s what people are calling it, then that is unfortunate,” said Mr. Tonge, who lives there with his wife, Yuka, and their 3-year-old daughter, Aoi. “This is a beautiful city with nice people. A great place to live.”
There was also a video that rivetted me. During the earthquake, instead of running for cover for themselves, the staff tried their best to hold up a shelf containing food and wine bottles. They concern and utter dedication, with society before self, touched me to the core.