the great wave of kanagawa
March 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
“In Shintoism, nature is recognised as infinitely more powerful than humankind – as in the wave – and that humankind is in nature with the permission of the gods but with no particular concern from the gods. Shinto rituals show respect for the gods of nature, befriending the enormity of the forces, if you like. But, apparently, there won’t be much of the moral affront at what’s happened – the problem of evil – from the Japanese perspective.”
There is neither good nor evil in the event and the Japanese people, to their credit, seem to be taking this with resolve and equanimity. Earthquakes do not care who we pray to and tsunamis drown us all the same. There are only infinite tons of water and earth moving beyond our scale, and more human stories in motion than grains of salt dissolving into the sea.