Today a friend told me about something called For Japan With Love. I hadn’t heard anything about it, but as soon as I did, I was moved to take part in it.

So, rather than blog today about how obnoxious it is when people stand in the “walk” side of the escalator or why you’re stupid for staying with a cheater, I am taking a day of silence and calling you to action. We spend so much time worrying about such trivial matters in our own self obsessed lives that we never take a moment to think about others.  People who are suffering from real problems.  People who lost their lives, their homes, their loved ones.  People who lost everything.  They aren’t worried about what they are going to have for dinner.  They’re worried about where their next meal will come from.

In standard American form, we have tried to make this disaster all about us.  Yes, nuclear power is scary.  No, your yacht is not that important.  Japan doesn’t need you to design a bracelet for the victims of the earthquake.  They  need your prayers, your donations, your support.

Today, rather than worry about what you’re going to wear tonight or whether or not you should buy those new shoes, do something, anything, to help someone less fortunate.  Low on cash?  Donate clothing.  How much of that stuff shoved in the back of your closet do you really wear anyway?  Clothes I was planning to sell on Ebay, I’m donating.

Just because this problem doesn’t directly affect you, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care.  That iPad you’re reading this on?  Parts of that came from Japan.  The Toshiba TV you’re watching the Kardashians on? Their plant has been shut down.  The camera that took these pictures?  Japan.

While you spend today helping out Japan, don’t forget that this is an ongoing process. Think about those who are less fortunate and suffering not only today, but everyday.



Photos via The Big Picture