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The business of the poet and the novelist is to show the sorriness underlying the grandest things and the grandeur underlying the sorriest things. Thomas Hardy
I have heard that in Fukushima, Japan a retired engineer has gotten 200 volunteers of retirement age to help clean up and stabilize the nuclear power plant that was damaged in the earthquake. His name is Yasuteru Yamada, and he says he and the other retirees are worried about the health of the Fukushima workers who are taking on the radioactive burden of the disabled plant. He says that the "burden should be tasked to an older generation that has 'consciously or unconsciously' supported the plant and reaped the benefits of the electricity it has generated. He often jokes that he has just 15 years to live, not long enough for cancer - a common side-effect of radiation exposure to develop."
This is one of the grandest and most beautiful things to come of one of the most tragic events in recent memory.
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