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Quick Write 091611 “Stranded again, but…”

Yesterday morning, I was planning to take an earlier train than the regular one to the college in the west of Tokyo where I teach three afternoon classes. I did my daily morning routines, briefly finished making an important phone call, rushed to the station, and managed to catch the train I intended to take. The train left the station on time without a problem, but 5 minutes later, made a sudden halt at the next station. The conductor announced that all the train services had to be suspended due to an accident. Oh, here it comes. I got stranded on train for about 15 minutes, and eventually failed to arrive at the campus as scheduled. The number of human-involved train accidents in the Kanto area is just abnormal. Almost every day, someone jumps or tries to jump into a running train. It’s a sad truth.

In the QW 0730 piece “Do it somewhere else”, I argued about how unreasonable it could be for hundreds of train passengers to be suddenly affected by those accidents. After I wrote the piece, I revisited the issue from time to time. One of the things I’ve noticed is that I was very much trapped with self-centeredness in blaming the victims of the accidents. “What If I am late for MY work?” “Why do I have to waste MY time on such a crowded train?” kind of self-centeredness. But I started looking at the issue as my problem, trying to adjust my way of seeing things in those situations. When I got stranded on train yesterday, I recalled my QW 0730 piece and tried being less self-centered. Yeah, it worked well as my first attempt. I kept seated calmly and watched people get off the train and start making phone calls on the platform, thinking that we’re fortunate enough to have places to go and people to meet. Yeah, we can make up for our delayed arrivals in any ways.

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