“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
Ambrose Redman

1) People of Japan

Evacuees stretch while exercising at a makeshift shelter in Minamisanriku, northern Japan, four days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country’s east coast (Tsuyoshi Matsumoto/The Yomiuri Shimbun/AP)

In all the news reports of the unfolding tragic events in Japan words you will not see are panic and looting. The Japanese are showing the world how to act when faced with a disaster.

Business owners opening devastated stores to give away free flashlights, batteries, lanterns, cell-phone chargers, etc. We saw grocery stores opening to give away whatever food and water was left. We see people standing calmly in lines for fresh water, rice, testing for radiation and medical attention.

When the government issued a warning that radiation levels might be too high, that people should stay inside, they did. If that had been me, and some guy comes to my door wearing a mask, with a geiger counter, I more likely would be heading out of dodge, after I changed my shorts.

Have you ever experienced a natural disaster?

Tsunami survivors cook and eat in front of their damaged house in Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture after the area was badly damaged by Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami. (Kyodo News/AP)

2) Human Decorations

Barsana, India: Men daubed in dye celebrate Lathmar Holi (Photograph: K. K. Arora/Reuters)

Mumbai, India. Footwear by Indian designer Anupamaa Dayal at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011. (Photo by Divyakant Solanki/EPA)

Sydney, Australia: People attend the third Sydney Tattoo and Body Art Expo (Photograph: Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images)

Back in the ice age, when I was growing up, 1950’s, if you had a tattoo you were thought of as strange. Now if you don’t have a tattoo you might be thought of as strange, at least if you are under 50.

Got any tats? If so why did you get your first one?