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Nature in Japanese anime Suzume

As we struggle to accept the fury of Nature a Japanese anime provides solace. In Suzume we encounter young heroes trying to save a world filled with natural disasters and related personal tragedies. One reminds us of our bittersweet human dilemma:

"I know that life is fleeting; we live alongside death. But we wish to live, even for a moment."

We know that we need to find meaning, even joy, as we move on shadowed by loss in a world of perpetual danger. We humans can't completely stop or affect what happens and need to cultivate a relationship in which we live side by side, coexisting with and accepting what Nature brings to us. Somehow, in spite of everything, we have too keep our faith in the radiant beauty and mystery of the Universe.

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