Journalist Aditya Chakrabortty, in a commentary about last month’s massive earthquake in Japan, had previously wrote about our inability to comprehend widespread tragedy citing that overwhelming numbers impair our understanding of events:

The bigger the numbers of fatalities and injuries, the harder it is for audiences to comprehend them. This law of diminishing returns doesn’t just apply to natural disasters, but to other varieties of misery – from oil spills to famines and genocides.

Simply said, where the suffering of one might be easily fathomed, it is the agony of millions we are not just built to internalize. Knowing this doesn’t absolve us  of our responsibility to our fellow human beings though — there are still things that we can do.

Good thing there’s an accessible way to do so. If you’ve a Kindle and you want to help in Japan’s road to recovery, you could check out and read 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake, an ebook chronicling stories revolving around the earthquake that’s also a charity effort. All proceeds from sales of the ebook — including my Amazon Associate fees — will be sent to earthquake victims through the American Red Cross. (Of course, you can also donate directly on their site.)

It’s only $9.99, so what have you got to lose?

[image credit: stupiddope.com]

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