I have this weird thing with Tsunamis. I have nightmares about them all the time. In fact, the night before the March 11 2011 Tsunami I had a dream that I was in one (which was really weird, having not known about the tsunami at all before I went to bed that night).
So every once in awhile I think about these disasters and feel the need to face whatever this fear (or whatever) is. Last night was one of those times. We watched this amazing documentary on Youtube about the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. I highly recommend it. In fact, I will post the video here if you want to watch it.
The Indian Ocean Tsunami claimed 250,000 lives on December 26, 2004. 250,000 people!! Doesn’t that fricken blow your mind?!? According to the U.S. Census, there are 210,000 people living in Spokane, WA. So it would be like the entire population of Spokane dying. I can’t even wrap my mind around it. It is so horrifically devastating.
The documentary follows the Tsunami’s path of destruction through the Indian Ocean. Survivors are interviewed and video footage from their cameras are included, so you can see what they went though.
You might wonder why I put myself through this. Why do I watch films or read books that recount such suffering? I don’t know, really. But I do know that hearing the stories of people who have been though such things makes me feel a little bit more compassionate. So maybe that is why. Maybe sometimes I need a dose of compassion so I can feel connected with my fellow humans.
The film is very very sad, but there is also a bit of hope in there too. In the video footage you will see that people help each other. Sometimes they are not successful, but the point is that they try to save their fellow man, even when they are in danger. It made me realize that people are good. Deep down at the core they are good.