The unfolding tragedy in Japan needs more attention, not less, and I'm glad that so many people are writing about it, doing something, and beginning to realize what a wake up call it is to the people of Japan and the world. The article Welcome to the Atomic Village is an in depth look at Japanese, feudal, and corporate culture and reveals a glimpse of the lowest caste in Japanese society, the disposable workers, used by the nuclear industry to clean up their messes, whose lives and health are often destroyed by their exposure to radiation. There are links to some excellent videos in the article, including Nuclear Ginza (about Japan’s secret at-risk labor force.)
The inequities in distribution of wealth and power in the modern world are a major factor in the dysfunctionality which imperils everyone, including the corruption, tyranny, heartlessness, blind greed, and suffering. We can see it on a large scale, but also within institutions, organizations, groups, and even individual lives. People sometimes compartmentalize their own lives, ignoring, denying, depriving, rewarding different aspects of themselves, often causing them mental and physical problems. This morning I was intrigued by the link to - Solar Energy Meets the Sharing Economy which strikes me as a brilliant solution to today's energy woes. I found another link to a short talk entitled The Power of Vulnerability by a woman who did a decade's worth of research on the key element in healthy human relationships, and I think it contains much wisdom and insight, not just for individuals, but for groups, organizations, companies, even governments.