The recent earthquake-Tsunami combo that devastated the third biggest economy in the globe raises quite a few questions for a common man, whether related to Japan or not. The suffering being faced by the human kind is evident from news reports like http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Japan-disaster-dead-missing-pass-13000-Police/articleshow/7724656.cms and a few others like- http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110317x5.html , http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110317x3.html ,
rasises quite a few questions for a common citizen like yours truly, who is definitely not an Earthquake, Tsunami or Climate expert, but an ardent supporter of human life in spite of the technological progress the world is witnessing. Few questions listed below are some of the issues which may have directly or indirectly contributed to the one of the biggest catastrophe.
(1) Was it right for Japan to develop so many nuclear power plants which culminated in power generation far exceeding the demand?
(2)How can a country like Japan didn’t take into consideration of “Zone of Fire”geography while going for technological surge especially when it came to install so many nuclear power plants?
(3)Was economic growth the only criteria for a leading economy like Japan, which compelled the country to go all out after technology without even considering the possible flip sides, which may affect its own survival itself?
(4)Men is increasing his ability to tinker with nature to such an extent where biologically engineered humans can be created in the laboratory even after the death of a person. Are these leading the human kind to the edge of existence where nature is going to retaliate with irreparable losses much beyond the human imagination and comprehension?
(5)The imbalance in the growth of economies and the widening gap between haves and have-nots are to blamed for such catastrophes as nature is unable to bear the disturbance of equlibrium?
(6)Was it too much of an aggressive posture on the part of Japan post World War-II to take on the world through technology and innovation even though it meant putting its own people at the mercy of the nature’s fury?
(7)What can other countries learn from the Japan happenings and for once can all the nations bury their ideological differences and join hands to fight the injustice done to the nature collectively and individually either through industrialization or by other means?
The answer to these queries may not solve all the issues which may have contributed in some way to the umpteenth number of natural and man-made disasters and with every passing hour the world is fast becoming a very difficult place to live in. Are we really moving forward or we are moving two steps ahead and four behind by all our deeds? Time to introspect!