What Happened in Japan is NO Karma!
I stated in a previous blog that “I have so much high confidence in the ability of the Japanese people. I believe they will rise up, and build their disaster-torn country like they did after World War II… and it will be Japan’s second renaissance!”
Someone made the following comment:
“I feel sorry for Japan..mostly for the young generation..but I will not praise them as beautiful, free, & un-vengeful. I will never forget the philaged on my country & the atrocities. It was long ago and blame it on the old Japanese Army…it might be karma! catching up…A lot of harrowing stories how the Japanese torture Filipino…how they be-head people for just neglecting to bow at their presence. How they raped women in front of the husbands & children..I wonder if the Filipino ever thought of vengeance…I once heard from my friend…the reason Filipino learn to steal & tell lie is because for survival reason which the Japanese thaught us to be…I really feel overwhelm with this calamities happening in Japan and my heart goes to the people.”
I don’t think the so-called “karma” works that way. Natural devastations like this happened for the past thousands of years. The children of the past imperial Japan have nothing to do with the mistakes or crimes of their ancestors. Japan’s imperial regime should serve as a lesson to all of us about the evil of collectivism (e.i., imperialism, Nazism, fascism, communism, socialism, etc.).
The imperial soldiers were only obeying the “divine” orders of their emperor, whom they regarded as a son of god.
I don’t have anything against the present Japanese generation. They are highly creative and peace-loving people.
There were great natural cataclysms in the past- even far greater than what happened in Japan, Indonesia, Chile and Haiti combined. If that so-called “karma” were cast by a supernatural being or god against the Japanese people to avenge the victims of their ancestors, then that supernatural entity is nothing but irrational, non-divine, and vengeful.
It is irrational- or even IMMORAL- to think of the Japanese tragedy as some form of vengeance for the Filipinos.
What happened in Japan can happen anywhere. It can also happen here in the Philippines.
A friend of mine, Rogan, who’s based in Japan, posted the following on his Facebook wall a few hours after Japan was hit by mega-earth quake and a deadly tsunami that left many of its cities without electricity and communication signals:
“Haruka and Kent are home now. It took hours, but all along the way total strangers went out of their way to help a woman with a young child. This is another reminder of one of the best things about being in Japan: that most people are extremely civilized, kind and decent – even in a crisis.”
May the highest forces of the universe bless the people in Japan…
Here are some Facebook imbeciles who think Japan tsunami is karmic payback for Pearl Harbor:
Consider these great natural calamities in recorded history:
Syria, Aleppo – 1138Earthquake kills 230,000 people
Japan, 1181A famine wipes out at least 100,000 people.
Netherlands, 1228Estimate: 100,000 lives lost from the flooding after some dykes broke.
Netherlands, 1287The Zuider Zee flooded after a seawall callapsed. At least 50,000 people were killed in Holland and more than 500 in England as a result.
China, 1290Earthquake takes at least 100,000 people.
Most of Europe and beyond, 1347-1350Approximately 25 million lost their lives through the “Black Death” – the bubonic plague. Between 25 and 33% of the entire population of Europe at that time, plus millions in Asia and North Africa lost their lives.
China, 1556Earthquake in Shansi, China kills about 830,000
China, 1642Flooding takes about 300,000 lives.
Spain, 1649Plague takes about 80,000 lives in Seville.
China, 1556The second deadliest earthquake was in the Chinese province of Shaanzi on February 2, 1556. It killed 830,000 people.
England, 1665More than 100,000 lives were taken by the plague, London was worst hit.
Japan, 1730Earthquake took the lives of some 137,000 people.
India, 1737First it was thought to be an earthquake, but more recent scientific studies have re-classified it as a typhoon – this tragedy killed some 300,000 in Calcutta.
Portugal, 1755Over 100,000 lost their lives through “the Lisbon earthquake” and resulting tsunami.North America, 1775-82Smallpox takes around 130,000 lives.
Iran, 1780As many as 200,000 were killed in an earthquake near Tabriz.
Iceland, 1783a volcanic eruption (that included the largest basalt flow in recorded history) poisoned the island’s pastures and caused the starvation of about 25% of the population – 30,000+.
Indonesia, 1815Mount Tambora (volcano) on Sumbawa Island released about 50 cubic kilometers of magma over at least 500,000 square kilometers of Indonesia and the Java Sea. That eruption and the resulting tsunami took at least 10,000 lives. But the famine and disease that followed took another 82,000 lives – total: over 90,000.
Japan, 1826Tsunami kills about 27,000.
Ireland, 1845 – 48″Potato Famine” takes at least a million lives.
France, Germany, America, etc., 1870approximately 500,000 lives lost as a result of smallpox.
China, 1876 – 1879The deadliest drought in recorded history was in China between 1876 and 1879. Rivers were dry, so most crops and livestock died. There was no food production in a 1-million km2 area of 9 provinces. The drought caused the death of an estimated nine million people.
Java and Sumatra, 1883Krakatoa, a small volcano on an uninhabited island between Sumatra and Java (Indonesia), erupted with such fury it could be heard in Australia nearly 5,000 kilometers away. The tsunami that followed took about 50,000 lives.
China, 1887The worst flood in “modern history” happened in China in 1887. The Yellow River overflowed, causing the death of about 900,000 people. (Some reports say it was a million that parished.)
Japan, 1896About 28,000 people lost their lives from a Tsunami
Caribbean, 1902Martinique, a small French colony in the Caribbean, has a volcano “Mont Pelee” which unleashed its fury and wiped out the town of St. Pierre. Only one survivor – pictured on right: a prisoner in a basement cell. (There’s a good chance he got his life right with God before that day was over!) But there were actually two others who also survived. see their amazing stories Around 30,000 people were killed.
Italy, 1908An earthquake of 7.2 magnitute and the tidal wave that resulted, destroyed several southernmost Italian cities and towns and approximately 123,000 people.
China, 1911Yangtze River flood – approx: 100,000 deaths.
Italy, 1915Avezzano, Italy – 7.5 earthyquake takes nearly 30,000 lives.
World-wide, 1918 – 19Influenza pandemic takes somewhere between 35 million and 75 million lives (some reports estimate around a hundred million, but those can’t be confirmed) – at least 16 million people died in India alone. This is clearly the worst disaster – at least in the last thousand years.
China, 1920In the north China there was a drought that caused 20 million victims and took at least 500,00 lives.
China, Gansu – 1920Gansu, China is hit with an earthquake measuring 8.6 and kills around 200,000 people.
Japan, 1923A third of Tokyo is destroyed and much of Yokohama in an 8.3 earthquake which between 140,000 and 200,000 people.
China, 1927An earthquake 7.9 – hit Nanshan City and took about 200,000 people.
China, 1931A flood on the Changjiang River took at least 145,000 people (other estimates go over a million, but we have not confirmed that).
China, 1932Another earthquake, this one northwest Gansu Province, killed about 70,000 people.
China, 1935Another Yellow River flood “caused 27 counties inundated and 3.4 million victims”. How many actual lives were killed we don’t know. If you have facts, let us hear from you
China, 1933Another Changjiang River flood takes the lives of at least 140,000 people.
Pakistan, 1935About 30,000 lost their lives in a 7.5 earthquake.
Chile, 1939Some 28,000 people were killed from an 8.3 earthquake in Chile.
China, 1939A flood takes about 200,000 lives.
Turkey, 1939More than 32,000 lives were lost from a 7.9 quake in Erzican Province.
China, 1942 – 1943A drought in the Henan province took the lives of more than a million people.
Turkmenistan (USSR), 1948A 7.3 earthquake took over 110,000 lives.
India, 1950Around 30,000 people lost their lives in a quake of 8.6 magnitude in Assam, India.
World-wide, 1957At least a hundred thousand people (some reports say over a million) died from the “Asian Flu” – about 70,000 in the USA alone.
China, 1958 – 61As many as 20 million people died in this famine. *
* We received the following response to this postSirs: I would ask that you consider re-characterizing the 20-30 million who died in China during the period 1959-61 as a political blunder rather than a famine. Famines are typically understood to be the result of diminished food production due to weather or other natural disasters. This was not the case in China. Food production was for the most part normal during this period. What changed was the desire of local cadre wanting to look good and reporting increased food production following Mao’s politics of “right” practices. Mao’s government simply took their share of the harvest, 50%. But since the reported harvest was in fact inflated, what resulted was the entire production being shipped to Beijing. This more accurately could be labeled Mao’s Holocaust. Respectfully, Doug Searles
Peru, 1970A 7.9 earthquake and resulting landslides killed about 66,000 in Northern Peru.
19 – Bangladesh, 1970 In 1970, a cyclone and related floods killed about 500,000 people. With winds of up to 230 km/h, the cyclone crashed into the heavily populated coastal area of the Bay of Bengal, where several river deltas normally provide fertile land. The terrible winds produced massive waves, which wiped out many entire villages. Millions of people were left homeless in this country that is one of the most densely populated and one of the poorest in the world.
Vietnam, 1971Red River flood flood leaves about 100,000 dead.
China, Tangshan – 1976The worst earthquake damage in modern times was in northeast China in 1976. It was July 28 when a massive quake, measuring 8.3 on the Richter scale, shook the industrial mining city of Tangshan. Officially 255,000 people died, and another 164,000 were severely injured. But others (unofficial, but perhaps more accurate?) estimate that about 655,000 perished. Some ninety per cent of the buildings were destroyed. It took at least ten years and massive investment to rebuild the city.
Africa, 1981 – 1984Rivers and lakes dried up from the drought that had incredible impact on twenty African nations. During one season about 20,000 were starving to death EACH MONTH. 150 million were facing starvation if help didn’t come right away. People from around the world began to respond to this crisis – but for hundreds of thousands of people, it was too late. (If you have figures for this, please let us know. When combined with other relatively recent African famines, the fugure is well over 1,000,000)
Colombia, 1985Volcano Nevado Del Ruiz claimed the lives of at least 25,000 – mostly from the mudflow which resulted from the volcanic eruption.
Armenia, 1988An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale devastated Armenia in 1988. At that time Armenia was a republic of the Soviet Union. The town of Spitak was destroyed and it took the lives of all of its residents. In Leninakan, Armenia’s second largest city, eighty per cent of the buildings collapsed, and over 100,000 people perished there.
Iran, 1990a 7.7 earthquake in northwest Iran killed at least 50,000 people.
Bangladesh, 1991Flooding again took its toll on this nation. About 139,000 lost their lives.
North Korea, 1995-98Over 3 million are said to have died from famine and floods in North Korea.
West Africa, 1996About 25,000 loose their lives from a meningites outbreak.
Iran, 2003Earthquake in Bam, Iran, officially kills 26,271 people.
2 South Asian Nations, 2004 – 2005
Earthquake of 9.0 and the resulting tsunami creates one of the world’s worst disasters. It does major damage to: Indonesia, India,
Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Maldives, Somalia, Tanzania, Seychelles, Bangladesh, and Andaman. Deaths: Between 235,000 and 285,000.
South Asia, 2005 Earthquake, primarily affecting Pakistan, but also India and Afganistan. Current figures: over 50,000 dead.
Haiti, 2010Earthquate – still counting. Most estimates now exceed 220,000 dead.