Perspective

The juxtaposition was strictly coincidence, but I couldn’t help notice two contrasting approaches to life in a couple of news stories that appeared on TV last week.

“I grabbed my wife by her hair as our house was swept out to sea,” said the elderly Japanese man with quiet dignity. He pulled her onto the raft that was their roof before the tsunami hit, and they floated for days until rescuers found them. He told the story almost as matter-of-factly as if he were talking about a walk to the local park.

“It’s just too much to bear,” exclaimed the woman, her voice and face reflecting deep frustration and fear.

“How are we supposed to survive this?” she exclaimed, as she filled up her gas tank at 5 cents more per gallon than she had paid last week.

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