Harsh Inevitabilities

Anjali Menon, period 3

March 16th, 2011

The current situation in Japan is much like the novel To Kill A Mockingbird because they share a sense of inevitability. Natural disasters are inevitable, yet often times people possess preconceived ideas about such unfortunate events. In the novel, the prejudice possessed by the people of Maycomb possessed was inevitable. The harshness of such events resulted in the destruction of innocent lives. The ignorance of the people in Maycomb is inevitable, as are preconceived perceptions. This is due to influences picked up as children, just like a running river picks up pebbles as it streams. Though humans are nature’s most threatening opponents, at the end of the day, we always somehow seem to think that we own the Earth. It is in times of deep peril such as these that set us back in place and show us that though we have caused much mayhem for this planet, we are very small beings on Earth. Our impact may be large but at the end of the day, our carelessness results in far stronger forces such as nature destroying us completely. As Mother nature lashed back at us humans underwater, sky-high waves engulfed entire cities. The lungs of innocent people whose lives were taken filled with the punishing sting of ocean. The sea salt washed away all the hope from their brains, the pungent smell of the water wafting up their nostrils. Their fingers trembled and shook just like the angered plates beneath the Earth’s surface. This defied our preconceived judgments of humans dominating nature.

Japan is the most prepared country in the world for such disasters, due to its geographical location and being prone so destructive seismic activity. However, we conceived a perception of the readiness of the people in Japan for such a calamity that we did not expect the effects to ever be so severe. Often times we judge things and people before truly understanding the sheer power of the force we are trying to distort instead of seeing it for what it is. In the novel, Maycomb had very negative feelings about Tom Robinson and Boo Radley, who symbolized Mockingbirds in the book and the innocent lives that were taken in Japan. They ended up doing much more good than harm and this greatly defied Maycomb’s expectations of them. The ‘Mockingbirds’ in the novel are similar to all those across the world offering their help and support, because from this we can learn that deeply embedded into the human condition, despite all of our differences, is the instinct to aid fellow humans in times of crisis. Therefore, the current situation in Japan is very similar to To Kill A Mockingbird.