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Inspirations from the Speech “Hope Returns ---- the Severest Hardship, the Most Beautiful Rebirth” 2015-05-29 16:57:28
As the global climate has become increasingly extreme, more and more natural disasters happen in the world, such as typhoons, earthquakes, tornados, and tsunamis.

In the northeast of Japan, there were earthquakes which took place on March 11, 2011. The earthquakes triggered a series of devastating tsunamis, which led to the fact that an unidentified number of people were drowned and almost all of the buildings, property, and infrastructure were swept away or destroyed. Even more tragic, the nuclear disaster which was caused by tsunamis made those survival victims and local industries by which the residents made a living, exposed to the highly dangerous pollution of radioactive fallout, the invisible killer.

The lecturer, one of the SET News anchors, Chen Ya-Lin, said that in the beginning, the motive for her going to the disaster area of Japan was to trace the Taiwanese donations to the country. However, after arriving in Japan, she was totally astonished by what she spotted. She was also deeply touched by many moving stories, therefore her feeling was switching from getting exclusive news to giving them consolation and encouragement. What her speech impressed me most were the following stories.

Could you imagine there was no more traffic on the roads all the time after a few years since a series of deadly disasters happened? The only person who accompanied the anchor Chen, the news photographer, could lie on the center of the road without being worried about any car running over him. The whole town became a silent ghost area because almost all of the local people had been evacuated to safe places. The only way that a few poor family members could choose was to stay at their hometowns because they could not afford to live any other place for a long time.

Besides, one professional apple farmer once was proud of his apple orchard, which was provided to the elementary school students as an excellent area for their field trips. However, because of the radioactive fallout, his apple orchard was closed. The farmer felt desperate over it even though the quality of his apples had long been the top 1 in the world. He said how he could make any advertisement about his superb apples under the pollution of radioactive fallout.

In addition, one of the popular main industries in Japan was hot spring, especially in scenic spots. Even the most famous hot spring restaurant which was the Japanese Emperor’s favorite, had no customer all the time due to the radioactive fallout.

The victims not only lost their dear family members, houses, property, but also lost all kinds of industries they depended on. How could they go through the pathetic emotion quickly?

Even following the strictest standards of the nuclear power plants’ construction, Japan could not control the situation to deal with the serious problems of radioactive fallout, which has been having significantly negative impacts on the Earth’s ecology and posing enormous threats to people’s health for many generations. Therefore, I strongly oppose to any nuclear power plant’s construction. We would rather choose to live a simple and safe life than see our offspring face such an invisible crisis.

Similarly, Taiwan is an island which is also susceptible to earthquakes.
Besides, there are many typhoons between May and September in the island. Most Taiwanese have experienced typhoons, which sweep Taiwan almost every year.

Do you still remember Typhoon 88? During Typhoon 88 striking Taiwan on August 8, 2009, the natural disaster that suddenly brought heavy rain and caused catastrophic landslides, totally destroyed Siaolin Village, which was located in Jiasian of Kaohsiung. A large number of people were injured and killed. Kaohsiung government immediately retreated all of the survival victims to safe areas, and then Tzu Chi made a plan to build Da Ai eternal houses for those aboriginal tribes to live in. During that period of typhoon days, the news channels broadcasted the miserable photos and videos one by another, such as the collapses of buildings, bridges, and roads. We were totally shocked by the fact that Mother Nature’s power was so tremendous beyond our imagination.

There is an old saying that goes, “Experience is the best teacher.” Every time while typhoons are forming and gradually approaching Taiwan, we will be ready to retreat some residents whose houses near the mountains to a disaster accommodation center because we are concerned about a landslide. I still remember one time, some of my coworkers and I drove the cars respectively to bring the daily necessities including mineral water, instant noodle, bathroom paper, sleeping bags, etc. to the disaster accommodation center. I appreciated for my coworkers’ and some volunteers’ cooperation to get every arrangement well done, fulfill our accountability, and make sure every person was safe. What an unforgettable typhoon day it was!

To prepare the landslide drill, this year we separated Fong Vil disaster accommodation center into several areas, for example, daily necessities deposit area, bed area, dining area, and kitchen area. Furthermore, we thoughtfully divided the bed area for male, female, family and handicapped people by curtains so that they can stay there with ease if typhoon days are coming.

In addition to the repeats of the real drill, the E-learning online classes also can strengthen our knowledge about how to prevent any kind of disasters including natural disasters and man-made disasters. I always think that we have to pay more respect on Mother Nature. Therefore, don’t grow betel palms on mountains because growing too many betel palms can lead to landslides. Also don’t construct buildings on mountains any longer. On the other hand, we should plant more and more trees instead because trees can keep abundant water.

As far as earthquakes are concerned, we should prepare safety backpacks on hand just in case. If earthquakes happen, we have to run away from the buildings to a closest vacant lot as fast as we can. If we are not available to run out of the buildings, we should bend our bodies and hide beside a huge pillar near us with something protecting our heads.

Finally, what are the lessons we have been taught from experiencing the natural disasters? First of all, only by educating and warning people to stop destroying Mother Nature can we have the opportunity to avoid the global climate getting worse. Secondly, generally speaking, the more precautions we take, the less property we lose. The key to preventing disasters lies in educating people about how to make elaborate preparations in advance. Thirdly, being faced with the uncertainty of the disasters in the future, we should be on the alert to show our respect and humbleness on Mother Nature by cherishing the Earth, which Jehovah created for people to reside eternally. I firmly believe that righteous Jehovah, the Creator and the Only God in the world, will bless those people with such right attitudes forever.