SOURCE: Vision Media

Vision Media

March 15, 2011 10:38 ET

Japan's Natural Disaster Prompts Fears of Nuclear Disaster as 25th Anniversary of Chernobyl Approaches

A Series of Articles From Vision.org Suggest There Are Reasons to Be Hopeful Despite News Reports Characterizing Recent Events as "Apocalyptic"

PASADENA, CA--(Marketwire - March 15, 2011) - The March 11, 2011 earthquake that struck near Honshu, Japan, and generated a devastating tsunami has held the world's attention as news reports documented the incalculable human cost. In a new Special Report from Vision.org, six articles take issue with these and other doomsday speculations by examining them in a more hopeful light, presenting practical answers for today's problems.

Those watching the TV coverage have shared in Japan's tragic losses, which have been difficult to fathom. As often happens at such times, wild doomsday speculations have unfortunately begun to circulate on various Internet sites. Themes include questions about whether natural disasters confirm supposed Mayan or even biblical predictions about the end of the world, or whether the events suffered by Japan will result in a worse nuclear disaster than the one that occurred in Chernobyl 25 years ago.

Edwin Stepp writes about the upcoming events that are being planned to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and refers to lessons learned from it. Suggesting societies might be well-advised to reduce their dependence on big energy companies, Stepp notes that individuals have a part to play. "We can begin by reexamining our lifestyle in this modern technological age, reducing our dependence on energy by becoming smarter in our selection of products, foods and technology." The motivation behind any action a society takes in doing so, says Stepp, goes back to the old adage 'love your neighbor as yourself.'

Accompanying articles cover various doomsday speculations such as those connected to the Mayan calendar and the year 2012. "Down through time we seem to be an ever-anxious species," notes Dan Cloer. "This is of course no different today: we are pummeled with new ways of extinction. To believe that one is living in a time period prior to the cataclysmic or apocalyptic hinge of history is a very contagious thought: stimulating, exciting, and threatening." 

But, he says, the resulting pessimistic view is not the only option, and David Hulme underscores this in a positive perspective offered in an article titled "Hope and the Human Spirit." While acknowledging that we may be our own worst enemies, Hulme points out that we can count on the real possibility of improvement, achievement and success. "The future of humanity," says Hulme, "is assured."

For a positive take on the future of mankind, read more about these topics and other current events at http://www.vision.org

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