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Higher Ground

June 6, 2011

[Half-remembered / adapted from a dream: a poem I’d written for myself as useful advice or simple reminder]

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Boy: Make your preparations
Build your defences
Spread the word
Talk to friend & foe
Try not to let their denials set you back
Don’t get angry when they fail to see or attack the messenger
Learn to look for what’s coming
Set up your early warnings regardless
And boost transmission as far as you are able

But remember:
The wave will wipe out your preparations along with everything else
When it comes in there’s only one rule:
Get to the higher ground

***

“High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants,” the stone slab reads. “Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point.”

It was advice the dozen or so households of Aneyoshi heeded, and their homes emerged unscathed from a disaster that flattened low-lying communities elsewhere and killed thousands along Japan’s northeastern shore.

Hundreds of such markers dot the coastline, some more than 600 years old. Collectively they form a crude warning system for Japan, whose long coasts along major fault lines have made it a repeated target of earthquakes and tsunamis over the centuries. (link)


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