Having been a first-hand witness to the South Asian tsunami in 2004, I can tell you that fear of the unknown is almost unbearable. I was in Sri Lanka at the time and the craziest thing was no one had any idea how bad things were until many days later... and we still had communication lines up and were able to get news. I can only imagine what the people in Japan are going through right now.
When you're sitting halfway across the world, the hardest thing is coming to terms with the fact that you physically can't do anything. As a result, most of us take the easy way out and don't do anything. I'm writing this post to say you can fight that. I have been inspired by amazing stories of companies that have done so much to help the victims in Japan over the past few days. Companies like Apple, Zynga, Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung and Google. It's pretty simple really, all you need to do is find a way to donate money online to a reputable source. The Red Cross is a good one.
The quote that titles this post is from a song called I Need a Doctor by Eminem and Dr. Dre. If you listen to the lyrics of that song, you'll hear how one friend is calling out to another seeking revival. Right now I think we all need to help revive Japan.
It would be more than a shame for us not to take advantage of the Internet when it comes to relief efforts. Although I could probably go on for ages, I don't want to. I would hope that instead of reading more you go ahead and take action in any way you can. #HelpJapan.