In the final analysis, the question of why bad things happen to good people translates itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it has happened.
Are you capable of forgiving and accepting in love a world which has disappointed you by not being perfect, a world in which there is so much unfairness and cruelty, disease and crime, earthquake and accident? Can you forgive its imperfections and love it because it is capable of containing great beauty and goodness, and because it is the only world we have?
Are you capable of forgiving and loving the people around you, even if they have hurt you and let you down by not being perfect? Can you forgive them and love them, because there aren’t any perfect people around, and because the penalty for not being able to love imperfect people is condemning oneself to loneliness?
Rabbits (says Mr. Lockley) are like human beings in many ways. One of these is certainly their staunch ability to withstand disaster and to let the stream of their life carry them along, past reaches of terror and loss. They have a certain quality which it would not be accurate to describe as callousness or indifference. It is, rather, a blessedly circumscribed imagination and an intuitive feeling that Life is Now.
Photographers Carlos Ayesta and Guillaume Bression have spent a great deal of time in the no-go zone around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Facility which suffered a melt down in 2011. Their second set of pictures, revealed in this wonderful and informative article from Slate.com, is called Bad Dreams and seeks to portray the sense of loss and numbness which has descended over the region. Surrealistic images of trees wrapped in plastic and residents standing in transparent bubbles, all produced without Photoshop or manipulation, make visible the invisible damage done to nature and to human lives. These are magnificent and intelligent shots, capturing the gravity of the situation without hype and panic.
Recent news of the massive amount of contaminated water leaking into the Pacific Ocean from this site reminds us that the radioactive pollutants involved are at work transforming our world. This is indeed a nightmare, but not one humanity can wake from anytime soon.