A tiny Japanese village of 34 people holds a tablet with a carved message: “Do not build below this point”. The March 2011 Tsunami came within 300 feet of this unremarkable and upright, stone tablet.
A decision, full of caring concern, motivated an individual to carve this message in stone, many years ago, that would save the lives of countless human beings.
Imagine the carver, after having completed his noble task, being confident that his descendants, friends and community would be safe.
Unfortunately, its message was lost in mankind’s determination to outsmart nature. Large concrete walls were built to hold back major onslaughts of water. People put faith in gigantic cement walls and ignored one small rock.
The disaster speaks for itself.
A New York Times video shows this tablet:
Today, our planet presents a “Do not build below this point” message. Yet we continue to build mountains of defense coupled with grand promise and denial. Defiance? Or, pure, repetitive financial greed?
Each human soul contains this ever-present message: “Do not build below this point.” The point is Love. It takes you and me to remember to build above that point.
(P.S. In the event that this message is misconstrued as a slight against the beautiful souls who are Japanese, please know the message is about humanity’s propensity to ignore messages. I would be very sad to even imagine this being taken as a slight against any culture – because every one of our cultures hold parallel instances of this nature.)