For me, stories like this one are both heartening and, honestly, heart-wrenching. On the one side of the coin is a tale of human ingenuity: cross-cultural communication and coordination that culminates in an inspirational and - again - unprecedented display of physical and philosophical effort in the face of an immense challenge. But then on the other side that I can't help flipping to is that very immensity of the challenges we face: a tsunami that destroys homes and lives and carries them clear across the ocean, a global crisis not only initiated but spurred by those same humans that were so inspiring in the beginning. Sometimes I find it hard to focus in, because that scale is just a little bit too harsh to ignore. But I remind myself that rather than ignoring it, what we can do is accept its immensity and work within that, and within our own contexts to do the best we can with what we've got.
Not to be a Debbie Downer. And it's really a good read.