As far as the earthquake/tsunami aftermath goes, I think people reading this blog are likely the same people who should be stepping up directly helping the reconstruction and rescue efforts in Japan, because that country full of people have given to me so much over the years. At least that’s how I feel. So this is what I’m going to do:
- Continue to plan a trip to Japan, because tourism tend to suffer greatly after a calamity like this. Plus, you know I want to anyways. (Also, time to watch for deals?)
- Donate to a charity I vetted, one that does work that I find satisfactory, and my employer matches (the best types of employers there are). When the time is right, of course.
What you do is up to you, and maybe I’m already well-conditioned to give (and so is everyone who imports on a regular basis, I suppose) so it is almost second-nature to me. It’s a weird feeling, as if you are motivated by pangs of conscience or cheap play on emotions, but when actually executed I do so like someone buying the cheapest new SKU on pre-order. Charity is serious business, after all.