"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Apr 6, 2011

Miki Endo

"The voice is Miki Endo, a 25 year old public worker in the Crisis Management Department of the city of Minami Sanriku. She is saying, roughly, “Please run away fast.” The mess of red beams are the skeletal remains of the building from which Endo made her final broadcast...

...Endo stayed at her post, repeating her warning, until the wave struck. Or, as blogger night rpm described it:
Miki Endo did not let go of her microphone, even during the very moment the black waves of the tsunami engulfed the city, so that every last villager could hear her warning call. One co-worker told Miki’s mother, that he saw Miki being swept away by the tsunami wave.
Another survivor, a 61 year-old man named Taeza Haga, told Endo’s mother that the broadcast had saved his live. That he had heard Endo’s voice and immediately jumped in his car and headed for higher ground. He told Endo’s mother:
I heard the voice of your daughter the whole way."

I doubt there's a universal lesson in this. There doesn't need to be one. I will note that it's rare that the people who order the deaths of others ever stay at their posts to save the lives of strangers, when death comes for them. People who can command murder don't ever find themselves in a position to actually save lives, do they?

Maybe there is something to learn, here.

7 comments:

Randal Graves said...

If they don't go to a secure location to command murder, who will? Dead public employees? C'mon.

Lisa Simeone said...

Bravo.

Montag said...

stories of individual courage and loss that come out of war an disaster move me to tears. and i fucking hate people. thanks again, Jack, for the reminder that there is good in human existence, and that on some level i myself remain human.

Happy Jack said...

Second Montag. It's nice to retain some faith in humanity.

Then again, being a cynic, I can't help juxtaposing this with the Greenbrier. Imagine your last moments on earth before being vaporized having to listen to someone like Obama droning on as you scan the radio for news.

davidly said...

Moving, Jack.

Miki is a reminder that there are those who - when faced with just such a reality - would find they have only one option at their disposal, even if it means their own demise.

Counter that with the option to wage war and the gall of those who insist that any other choices have been taken from them.

Jack Crow said...

Thanks, folks.

Was just talking with the more evolved one, about this. She wondered if part of the decision to stay can be explained as scripting, in the sense that we have a feel for our roles in our own worlds, for the authenticity of our choices. That the lot of us, for better or worse, try to remain faithful to our own conceptions of ourselves.

Some people will never end up in Ms. Endo's position, because they can only cast themselves as Too Important To Fail.

They often enough end up being the same people who are Important Enough To Send Others To Their Deaths.

saint said...

I wanted to share with you a blog post and a song that we wrote for Miki Endo and her family.

http://simplylaced.com/blog/2011/04/20/st-paul-timi-tv-release-song-about-miki-endo/


......As the Celestial Waters movement grows, St. Paul and Timi TV have been in the lab building non stop. Recently, they were inspired by the courageous actions of one particular woman by the name of Miki Endo. The result is a Rock N Roll song, dedicated to Miki Endo, who saved the lives of thousands of Japanese people during the recent earthquake/tsunami. The music and subject matter is so powerful that the duo had no choice but to have it featured as the Debut track for their upcoming EP. For those not familiar with Miki Endo you can check out NIGHT RPM’s blog post......