(A mannequin within the debris in Yamada, Iwate. To really see it well, click on the image. Photo from the NY Times.)
I don’t mean to torture you and in no way do I want to make light of the disaster, but I wanted to show this picture, because it caused a strong reaction in me when I saw it. Initially, I laughed out loud. And then, I felt a stomach wrenching sadness.
A friend (the same friend who first showed me this picture) recently told me that humor is a very good way to come face to face with very basic emotions one forces below the surface in order to cope with the world. (He might not have said it like that, but that’s how I understand it.)
Of course a mannequin among the debris in itself doesn’t show the problems of the situation, but in my case at least, it did prompt a strong emotional response. Call it grotesque, but I think this response has value, too.