1. THE CALM – Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.

2.THE DIGNITY – Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.

 3. THE ABILITY – The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall. 4. THE GRACE – People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.

5. THE ORDER – No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.

 6. THE SACRIFICE – Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?

7. THE TENDERNESS – Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.

 8. THE TRAINING – The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.

 9. THE MEDIA – They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.

10.THE INTEGRITY – When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly.

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