One tragedy after another rips apart the world – floods, fires, riots, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones. You name it, 2011 has thrown it at the inhabitants of earth. Who’s waiting for 2012, when clearly, 2011 is the year when the excrement has hit the fan with such force that the walls have been splattered so vibrantly with not only bodily effuses, but with the blood of the innocent? However, we’ve been told that this is a time in which we are not to be swayed, we must come together as one. We must join together against these disasters that have rendered our earth a burning patch of bat-crap crazy. But looking at these images of a torn-up Japan, it’s hard to see the silver lining.

But there are some rays of hope amid the carnage of smashed towns and shattered lives. News streams report that army helicopters airlifted people off the roof of an elementary school in Watari, Miyagi prefecture, and naval and coastguard choppers did the same to rescue 81 people from a ship that had been hurled out to sea by the tsunami. And it’s with these little strings of optimism that we cling on to for dear life – and we pray for the best.

People are rescued from tsunami-destroyed buildings: People, in a floating container, are rescued from a building following an earthquake and tsunami in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan March 12, 2011.

Water inundates Miyagi post tsunami: Buildings swept by a tsunami following an earthquake are seen in Miyagi Prefecture March 12, 2011.

Aeroplanes lie in tsunami debris at Sendai Airport: Cars and aeroplanes swept by a tsunami are pictured among debris at Sendai Airport, north-eastern Japan on March 11, 2011.

Japan quake sparks widespread destruction: Houses swept out to sea burn following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in north-eastern Japan on March 11, 2011. The biggest earthquake to hit Japan since records began 140 years ago struck the north-east coast on Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that swept away everything in its path, including houses, ships, cars and farm buildings on fire.

A technician points to a graph of the Japan quake: A technician at the French National Seism Survey Institute points at a graph on March 11, 2011 in Strasbourg, registered during a major earthquake that hit Japan.

Tsunami sweeps trees, houses in Natori: Houses are swept by a tsunami in Natori in north-eastern Japan on March 11, 2011.

JSDF member carries earthquake survivor: A member of the Japan Self-Defence Forces carries a man in Natori city, in Miyagi prefecture March 12, 2011.

Burning houses swept away in tsunami: Houses are swept by water following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in north-eastern Japan on March 11, 2011.

For those in with family, friends and loved one’s in the affected areas, my prayers are with you – the magnitude of the loss of life in this event and others that have been occurring around the world is ever burgeoning – but with trials comes strength – and with strength comes new life. May you stay strong, no matter where you are, no matter how helpless you may feel.

Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
– William James

IMAGES: ABC NEWS; Reuters/Kyodo.

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