A man said to the universe, “Sir, I exist.” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.” – Stephen Crane


Whenever natural disasters strike, I’m reminded of a few important things.

– That this is a living planet, not just a random rock with grass. (Awareness)

– How little control I have in the scope of things. (Humility)

– How lucky I am to be alive and loved. (Gratitude)

– That there is a thread of humanity that connects all of us. (Empathy)

Watching my twitter stream this morning made me feel connected, yet again, to the rest of the world. And for a second I thought that maybe, just maybe, the purpose of the amazing connectivity tools at our disposal is not to make money, but to become more human. No, this idea isn’t nearly as sexy as money – and yes, I’m naïve. I actually have faith in the power of a collective heartbeat as a way to advance our species.

And so my heart goes out to the people affected by the universe this morning in Japan, and throughout the Pacific. And also to wherever the next reminder comes from.

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Jim Mitchem

Writer. Father to daughters. Husband. Ad man. Raised by wolves. @jmitchem on twitter. First novel, Minor King, out now.