September 11, 2001. As I rushed to catch the bus to campus, I noticed a strange news story on my computer – a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. The photo accompanying the story made the crash seem small, so besides the uniqueness of the event, I thought little of it. By the time I got to school, it was obvious something was up. Imagine hundreds and hundreds of students crowding around monitors outside of major buildings in the largest university in America. By the end of my first class, I’d heard all the news and saw classmates hurriedly call to loved ones and saw one friend rush out of the classroom in tears.
That day marked the beginning of a new era. My birth year (1981) is often included (and often not) in the almost-arbitrary moniker, “Generation X.” Writers and other media members have grappled to find a term to define the generation following it, mostly to cash in on the previous name’s popularity. I’m not sure what it would best be called, but as the years pass by, it seems more and more assuredly to be defined by that one morning and all the events that transpired because of it. The U.S. (and much of the world’s) economy has been in recession since that time. We live in an age where the average American is more globally aware and when it seems everything has some international connection. Elementary-aged children have never lived in a time when we weren’t at war. Times have changed.
Recently, I became aware of Mike Huang, a blogger at Anime Diet. A recent seminary graduate and a terrific writer to boot, I don’t know how I missed him.
In addition to his typical aniblogging, Mike has an audio column called Art and Soul, where he wears his “seminary student, Christian theology and ethics and philosophy hat.” In the wake of the recent disaster in Japan, he recently reposted a 2009 column about Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. The timely column is reproduced in transcript and focuses on the Christian belief that we, as humans, are sinful, but can be transformed through God’s grace.
Please have a read!
John of the AnimeNation Anime News Blog is among the most interesting and knowledgeable writers about anime that I’ve read. Today, he posted a reaction to the recent OreImo leak, and though not about spirituality, his comments bring up some interesting ideas regarding the hearts of anime fans, and really, all of us. Read the rest of this entry