The movie Last Samurai is an amazing movie that will give insight into the Japanese psyche and a way to imbibe the `Samurai Spirit.` The word Samurai means to serve. `They say Japan was made by a sword.` They say the old gods took the cold blade into the ocean and when they pulled it out, four perfect drops fell back into the sea and those drops became the islands of Japan. I say Japan was made by a handful of brave men, warriors, willing to give their lives for what seems to have become a forgotten word ` honour`` -- from the movie Last Samurai. The recent Tsunami in Japan caused great human suffering, the silver lining in the tragedy is the exemplary spirit exhibited by many Japanese. Especially the workers who stayed back in the Nuclear power plant to control the damage. The workers who stayed back carry on the legacy of their ancestors, the spirit of serving with honour. In the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power station, a group of fifty workers stayed back, braving the radiation and extreme conditions to do all they can to prevent the reactors from melting down. Their identities have not been publicised. They are there as they are driven by honour. The ingrained sense of honour gives them the courage to go beyond fear and become extra-ordinary. Nuclear reactor operators say that their profession is typified by the same spirit of team work that fire fighters and military commandoes share. Their casual conversations also often focus on what they would do in situations of emergencies, and now the Fukushima 50, as they have been referred to are doing just what they had discussed on many occasions. Teacher Khilani sent us a powerful forwarded email, which points out ten learnings from the current challenge created by the Tsunami. THINGS TO LEARN FROM JAPAN

    1. THE CALM : Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.


    1. THE DIGNITY : Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.


    1. THE ABILITY : The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn`t fall.


    1. THE GRACE : People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.


    1. THE ORDER : No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads, Just understanding.


    1. THE SACRIFICE : Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid`


    1. THE TENDERNESS : Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.


    1. THE TRAINING : The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.


    1. THE MEDIA : They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.


  1. THE CONSCIENCE : When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly.

We have put a brief clip from the movie Last Samurai that gives a glimpse of the Japanese psyche. We suggest that you view the movie the Last Samurai, it will have a lasting impact in the way you see yourself and what you could do for the world around you.

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