Strong, incisive, and definitely opinionated, Yuichi Yamamoto is where I go to get perspectives on Japan. I may not always agree, but I am always impressed. The Japanese media, unfortunately, don't carry his brand of analysis.
- Gordon G. Chang
Gordon G. Chang is known as the author of an
insightful and courageous book titled The Coming Collapse of China (Random House, 2001).
HEADNOTE: In the previous version of this post, I wrote a lot about the futile discussion I'd had with unprincipled American individuals over what brings or fails to bring together the nation, i.e. the people, and the state, i.e. the system, and what happens when the founding principle is outgrown by the new reality or proves false from the beginning. But now I've realized these people I've talked to aren't prepared for a serious discussion because they have been irreversibly indoctrinated since their childhood to believe in America's Founding Principles as indisputable axioms. Actually the Founding Fathers of their country just borrowed John Locke's philosophical rubbish about the "natural rights to life, liberty and property." That is why now I'm uploading a shortened version crossing out all the hogwash so we can get down directly to the formidable issue of statelessness. .
The Japanese transformation from a nation of feudal fiefdoms, presided over by a samurai dynasty, to a modern Western-style nation-state was always going to be a patchwork job. The constitution was largely Prussian, the navy was fashioned after the British Royal Navy, and so on. But the biggest problem for Meiji-period intellectuals and politicians was to find the most suitable model for a modern state.
From Occidentalism coauthored by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit. Buruma also authored a book titled Reinventing Japan - 1853-1964 in which he observed the postwar reconstruction was also a patchwork.
A parade to mark the end of the Luna New Year festivity went by when we were in the middle of a skull session at Chens' place
An Example of the Traditional Nonprofit Approach - Stateless Network
Lara, Chen Tien-shi, founder of Stateless Network
In the fall of 2009 I came across an eye-opening book titled Mukokuseki - Stateless. When I was through with the book for the first time, I already knew author Lara, Chen Tien-shi is a rare species in that she always keeps a life-size view of the world. This is a remarkable attribute because most other people talk big while acting very small.
Deeply impressed by her wholehearted dedication and down-to-earth approach toward the problem facing the stateless, I soon became fully committed to the cause of the nonprofit organization Stateless Network Lara founded in January 2009. I still remain so although what I could do for the group is quite limited thus far.
In late-February Lara gave me a mail to invite me to an extraordinary meeting where the key members of Stateless Network were going to have a skull session over the future direction of the nonprofit, multi-ethnic organization.
I was very honored by the invitation from the youngest daughter of one of the wealthiest families of this Chinatown because I am one of the poorest and oldest residents of the same community.
I think she had two things in mind when inviting me to the important meeting despite the fact that I have fallen almost 2 years behind in my payment of the annual due, and equally important, I don't fully agree to the principle on which she is steering the Network.
Firstly Lara must have wanted to acknowledge that she still owed me a response to the homework I'd given her about the viability of a "stateless nation." She must have thought I would better understand her answer to my challenge by participating the steering committee, because the issue at hand is too complex, multi-faceted and subtle, and has too far-reaching implication to address just by quick exchanges of words.
The other reason she thought I should attend the meeting may have been that she just wanted this old loner to have fun mixing with these youngish people with diverse backgrounds.
It looks as though Lara made a good decision for me if these were her objectives.
Japan, where she was born and brought up, is an eerie country. It wasn't founded by anyone; it just generated itself sometime between 600 BC and 712 AD. Needless to say there has never been a founding principle. The dubious 17-Article Constitution, which was supposedly promulgated by Prince Shotoku, who is most probably a fictitious figure, famously said in this land harmony should prevail over anything else. People have always substituted it for a founding principle, but actually it's not a substitute of any principle because it was meant to unconditionally prohibit them from conducting themselves on their own.
Against this historical background, the way principle-less, rather than unprincipled, people communicate with one another in a meeting is very unique. More often than not, reaching a specific agreement isn't the objective of the meeting. There's no articulated proposition put on the table; neither is there any substantive argument. When there is one, it's presented and discussed before or after the meeting, most typically at a bar. In short a meeting, or any other form of communication, is little more than a ceremonial event to build consensus about a predetermined answer.
Although the time during which I was exposed to communication in the international setting is still twice as long as her international career, Lara seems to be much better skilled in that respect. And yet, she still remembers that in a local meeting she has to seal off those skills and play the role of a Shintoist priest, or priestess, so to speak.
Lara's opening speech, delivered in an unusually casual manner, had just a few substances in it. At first she insinuated that this Stateless Network will still remain closely affiliated with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. But she said she isn't really convinced that stereotypical UNHCR's definition of a stateless person is clear enough and that the ambitious goal proclaimed in its 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness is attainable in the foreseeable future. Then she added that some other factors have made it even more unrealistic to achieve the goal. For one thing, she confided, she fell ill last year. She didn't say how serious it was.
The meeting was constantly disturbed by her 9-year-old son clinging to the chairwoman with his arms around her neck. Lara didn't seem to be annoyed at all. She certainly knew the Sunday meeting was a serious loss of opportunity for the kid to have intimate contact with his mom. Another source of disturbance was the paraders incessantly making deafening noises of drums and firecrackers on the street. She didn't care too much either. Neither did other attendees including myself.
The way Lara presided over the meeting indicated she and I still have a similar wavelength in that both of us are inclined to have diverse people loosely networked rather than build a monolith with a fixed principle.
Following the semi-formal session, Lara treated us to a gorgeous dinner. I enjoyed talking with people sitting in the hearing distance as we were supposed to. They included an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo and Thai woman and her daughter.
In the last 45-60 minutes I concentrated on a conversation with a young, brilliant lady named Rina Ikebe who had moved over to the seat next to mine. Miss Ikebe introduced herself as a student studying "community psychology" at a postgraduate school of Tokyo's International Christian University. I enjoyed our conversation all the more because she was very good at active listening.
I asked her: "What do you think connects you to this country, or how do you really relate yourself to Japan?" After thinking it over for a while, she said: "Maybe it's my nationality, isn't it?" I said, "I don't think so. Your nationality is nothing more than a certificate of the ties you have already established with this country."
I might have added it's a principle that brings or fails to bring together the nation, i.e. the people, and the state, i.e. the system, and that this is exactly where the media find their essential role. Although this was the most relevant topic for the community psychology major, I left it unsaid in part because I thought I had to refrain from spoiling her appetite and my own. More importantly, I knew an exceptionally bright woman as she is would have found it superfluous if I had given her any more lead to my theory about the modern nation-statehood.
Then encouraged by her story about her late-father who was a scholar of French literature and European history, I tried a simple quiz with Miss Ikebe: "Do you know how the life of Marie Antoinette came to an end?" She answered delightedly: "Beheading by the Guillotine!" The next question was: "How many French people, roughly, were killed in the same way?" She didn't know that the correct answer was 16,594.
I produced from my backpack the printout of my most recent post, saying, "If you are interested in these subjects as a student of community psychology, why don't you keep it."
From time to time, Lara was giving a glance-over at us across the huge Chinese roundtable as if she was worrying I might be instilling in the young student poisonous ideas about the failed nation-state. But I hope she knows very well that I am a person who never bites the hand that fed him.
After the party was over, I stayed on there to be alone with Lara, her parents and one of her elder sisters. I said to her, "I didn't know you fell ill. Are you getting better now?" She smiled and said, "Yes, now I'm OK." Her sister quickly cut in to say, "No, she isn't."
I said: "Remember you aren't Mother Teresa. You should always prioritize your own personal life and your son's. Nothing is more important than that."
These are the people I want to have around until the second-to-last day of my life.
New Approach to Turn the UNHCR Formula Upside Down
Okinawa native entrepreneur Takashi Hiyane
Lara's colleagues are the type of people who would rather extend a helping hand immediately and directly to an individual with a nationality problem than to talk about saving 40-50 million stateless people in the long haul. By doing so they may often end up wasting their limited resources on crybabies. But it's equally likely that most of those who fall on the definition of the UNHCR don't deserve any help because they have no sense of self-reliance.
If you are really concerned about these people who are allegedly persecuted in many ways for their de jure or de facto statelessness, you should not take it for granted that aiming at the reduction of stateless population is the only way to address the issue at hand.
In fact there are people who have chosen to pursue the same end from a totally different perspective.
In recent years the geopolitical landscape has been undergoing a sea change in every region of the world. Most noticeably, the number of minority groups seeking secession has been on a sharp rise.
In a sense this is reminiscent of the days when the massive exodus of pro-Kuomintang Chinese from the continent was taking place. But I see a fine line between an ideology-driven split-up of a nation-state and total or partial breakup of a nation-state where a more fundamental thing than a political ideology or a religious dogma is at stake. We shouldn't mix up the two because such cases as Crimea and the pro-Russian region of Ukraine have very little to do with the quintessence of the statelessness issue.
In the realm of breakup of nation-states without ideological implication, we have witnessed some regions in European countries seeking secession for varying reasons.
As to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, I still don't know exactly what to make of it. All I can tell is that we should refrain from hastily jumping to a conclusion like those prisoners of America-centric way of viewing the world who call the ISIL a group of terrorists so lightly
Let's face it: very few modern nation-states have been created without a tremendous amount of bloodshed. The American Independence War claimed tens of thousands of lives. The death toll of the French Revolution is believed to have reached one million that included 16,594 people beheaded by the Guillotine.
I'm more concerned about the likes of the Scots, the Basques and the Catalans although their aspiration for independence has yet to be fulfilled thus far.
Just take Catalonia for example. If its bid for secession from Spain had succeeded last October, the entire 7.5 million Catalan population would have become stateless overnight on the premise that the newly-born nation wouldn't have sought a membership in the U.N., the dead international body founded when the Chinese Continent was still ruled by Chiang Kai-shek, or the failing one named the European Union. The 54-year-old dream of UNHCR would have come true, or turned into a nightmare, the moment the Spanish Constitutional Court had somehow rescinded its ruling that the planned referendum was unconstitutional.
As a result statelessness would have meant absolutely nothing anymore to the Catalans because now everybody would have been stateless on his/her own will.
A more relevant example for us Japanese is Okinawa.
Now it's an open secret that in his "Okinawa Memo" delivered to W. J. Sebald sometime around September 20, 1947, Emperor Hirohito said to Douglas MacArthur that "the U.S. military occupation of Okinawa, and such other islands as may be required, should be based upon the fiction of a long term lease - 25 to 50 years or more - with sovereignty retained in Japan."
To put it bluntly, the father of the incumbent Emperor Akihito sold off Okinawa and its residents to the United States just to reciprocate the super-generous leniency Hirohito was expecting from Harry S. Truman.
Adolf Hitler had killed himself. The corpse of Benito Mussolini had been hung upside down in the street of Milan. But Hirohito knew very well that it was a piece of cake to avoid facing the same fate internally. So he made every possible effort to escape conviction at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East because otherwise he must have been sent climbing the 13 steps to the gallows after all.
In 2005, then associate professor of the University of Ryukyus by the name of Lim John Chuan-tiong conducted an opinion survey. He found out that 45.4% of the respondents thought Okinawa should eventually seek secession, whereof 20.5% even said the islands should declare independence, immediately and unilaterally.
I don't know how reliable the survey results are. But it's for sure that the 1.4 million islanders have now been fed up with the lip service they hear from the mainlanders, who they like to call Yamatonchu. And the monetary compensation from the Tokyo government is nothing but an insult because it only benefits a handful of government contractors.
Deep inside, they seem to know they will have to live with the perpetual presence of the U.S. military as long as they remain part of Japan which is little more than a satellite nation itself.
Now the newly-installed Governor Takeshi Onaga has started to sing to the same, old tune of lessening the burden of U.S. military bases his predecessor Nakaima kept singing during his tenure. It's as though the problem lies in the 74% concentration of U.S. military installations in Okinawa islands whose size accounts for a mere 0.6% of Japanese Archipelago's. But the fact of the matter remains that the very presence of the U.S. military forces in North East Asia is the problem.
Without a doubt the movements for the independence of these subtropical islands are further on the wane. And yet we shouldn't forget still there are people like this person named Takashi Hiyane (photo.)
As far as I know, he hasn't explicitly mentioned an independent Okinawa, let alone the statelessness issue. But obviously the youngish entrepreneur is looking for a new sociopolitical model which has nothing in common with the outdated idea about creating a small, closed, cult-like society like the communities of the Amish in North America. To him, the restoration of the Ryukyu Kingdom is out of the question.
I know very little about the "Lexues" company he founded 17 years ago. But in his recent TV appearance, Hiyane said to this effect: "Only by leveraging the creative minds of the native Okinawans, we would be able to return the annual appropriation of 200 billion yen to the Japanese government."
The implication here is that it's too soon to call an independent Okinawa a pipe dream.
Still there is a long way to go until we find a workable solution to the problem. But I've written this post just to juxtapose the two 180-degree different approaches without any preconceived answer. Yet I hope this will give some clues to those of you who have creative attitudes toward life.
I couldn't sleep a wink last night because we had that silly fight I thought my heart would break the whole night through I knew that you'd be sorry, and I'm sorry, too
From a song Frank Sinatra sang several weeks before he actually had a sleepless night over how to cheat the conscription doctor.
My most recent post got good reviews locally including the one from Mr. Hiroaki Koide himself, only with a few exceptions. The scientist and anti-nuclear power activist didn't seem to fully agree with me, but I refrained from further argument because I thought it would be counterproductive to point out he was perhaps mistaken about man's aging.
Especially heartening to me was the offline feedback from Lara, Chen Tien-shi.
I'd written to the effect that if we want our society to go on evolving, we should narrate to our children and grandchildren un-sanitized, nonstandard, first-person accounts of how each of us lived our part of history.
In response Lara wrote:
"I also enjoyed discussing the issue with mature people like you. (*^_^*) In recent years I've found myself going through a transformation from a researcher and activist to an educator. Maybe that's simply because I've been a faculty member of the university for a couple of years by now. Or I may have learned my limitations as a researcher and activist. f^_^;."
It seems we are exactly on the same page now despite the fact that we are almost two generations apart.
In her 2005 book titled Stateless, she talked about how precisely the 1972 normalization of Sino-Japanese relations, which coincided with the breakup of the relations between the Republic of China and Japan, affected her own life, and immediate family's. From the way she depicted the political events without getting messed up with ideologies, it's evident she had fully internalized them.
I don't believe that with her unparalleled talent, the youngish anthropologist can have hit her limit so soon. She has just reached another turning point in the ceaseless process toward a higher level of maturity. I'm also inclined to attribute her growth to her experience as a mother.
On the contrary, self-styled historians, and the truth-seeking conspiracy theorists alike, are all afflicted with pathological fixation to the past. Like the sufferers of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, they invariably talk nonstop about history as if it were somehow undo-able or redoable.
In fact, history can hand down itself to the future without the help from those who are caught in the worst type of delusion.
As to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, one American gentleman wrote to us:
"I understand how resentful you are about the nuclear blasts at the end of the war. Indeed there might have been an easier way to handle the problems at the time. I can tell you also that things were very bad for our people at the time. We were very afraid that we would all be enslaved or murdered if we lost the war."
Of course "we" are not resentful about the blasts which was ordered by Harry S. Truman in a total departure from the textbook tactic of decapitation - or any other thing the United States did to our country. But his revealing story about America's seven-decade-old paranoia somehow reminded me of a 1943 song "I couldn't sleep a wink last night."
Because of, rather than despite its cheap sentimentalism, I used to love this ballad. What made it even more impressive was the fact that Frank Sinatra sang it a cappella. Were the studio musicians all too busy getting prepared for the possible invasion of the Japanese troops?
That wasn't the case, of course. I still remember hearing an FEN announcer of the radio program called "Big Band Countdown" explaining the reason: they were on strike for a pay raise when Sinatra was crooning the lovely tune. No one in his right mind didn't believe he might be "enslaved or murdered" as the physically- and perhaps mentally-disabled president FDR may have propagated.
I still didn't know Sinatra actually had a sleepless night or two over how to get classified "4-F" (unfit for service) by the conscription doctor several weeks after he recorded that song. Although you can't sing the way he sang it in November 1943 (watch the video embedded at the bottom of this post) if your eardrum is perforated, that was found to be the case the day he showed up at the conscription office in December.
Many people hate Sinatra; they say he was an egomaniac, a sex addict and had a close Mafia connection. But actually they hate him because he was honest even when he cheated the inscription doctor. I still think Sinatra was one of the greatest singers and the most honest American individuals of the 20th century simply because what the guy left for the future generations was really irreplaceable.
French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre was known to be an ardent advocate of "ethics of engagement." But very few have understood the real meaning of the word l'engagement. Most of you still think that to engage, you have to subscribe to an ideology, enlist yourself in a political party, or participate in a protest rally.
But think of this: how can you take part in something when you are already part of it? · read more (105 words)
Wednesday, April 22 2015 @ 10:33 AM EDT
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
From Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
Mr. Hiroaki Koide
I sent the link to my most recent post to Mr. Hiroaki Koide, who had just reached the mandatory retirement age this past March as an associate professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute.
In his reply mail, Mr. Koide said, "The more I learn about the reality facing the Okinawans, the more I feel ashamed of being a mainlander."
He added to this effect: "To this mail I attach my recently published essays in which I draw a parallel between the Japanese who failed to bring the Emperor to justice for his war crime and their descendants who have once again let 'the Nuclear Mafia' go unpunished for the Fukushima disaster."
Mr. Koide concluded one of his essays by describing his frame of mind like this: "Like it or not, every creature is destined to grow old and die. The mandatory retirement age is just one of the milestones along the way. With this in mind I will be fading away little by little. Throughout my career I have chosen to do what anyone else doesn't or can't. But from now on I'll be even choosier about what to do, and keep looking for what I can."
His writing deeply resonated with me. But at the same time, it reminded me of a letter I wrote to the editor of The Japan Times nineteen years ago when my retirement age was drawing near.
Among other things I found a 638-page book titled The Fountain of Age very helpful in understanding what exactly man's aging is.
Its author Betty Friedan wrote that as neurological and gerontological studies had revealed in recent years, people over 65 demonstrated an almost limitless potential to grow if they were exposed to stimulating real life, instead of segregated into nursing homes or the like. (See NOTE.) She added longitudinal studies showed they tended to outperform younger people when measured in terms of ability for "contextual thinking," rather than abstract thinking. Friedan quoted neuroscientist Arnold Scheibel as describing the spectacular dendrites' projections which can be seen even when an aged person is learning new things as dendritic fireworks.
NOTE: Actually my question was always "what if not," not "what if," because in reality we were always segregated. But I think now I know the answer.
I was especially impressed by her explanation about the historical origin of the mandatory retirement age. According to the author, the world's first rule on retirement was laid down by Otto von Bismarck of the Second Reich. The Prussian leader demanded every government employee retire at the age of 65 when life expectancy at birth was a mere 37 in his country.
Although Bismarck's decision may have been more or less arbitrary, I thought it shouldn't be ruled out that in theory the following arithmetic notation could hold true given the average lifespan of the Japanese which stood at 74-5 at that time.
This prompted me to write a letter to the editor of The Japan Times to suggest the mandatory retirement age be raised to 130 across the board if ever these ageists couldn't live without one. Needless to say, I wasn't talking about the retirement age of government employees. As a taxpayer, I would have said it should be lowered to 13 because that's where the brains of millions of these parasites at public offices stop growing.
Everybody thought it was a tasteless joke. Admittedly I was playing devil's advocate. Yet I was damn serious and still remain so 19 years later.
Japan is an eerie nation-state in that it was not created by any human being. That means there wasn't any founding principle that would have been used to bring the nation, i.e. the people, and the state, i.e. the system, together. The nation and the state were one inseparable entity from the beginning.
The Japanese are taught the 17-Article Constitution allegedly promulgated by a fictitious figure named Prince Shotoku in the 7th century was where they can find the principle, or at least its substitute. But there's no other way to interpret Article 1 of the Constitution, that supposedly stipulated harmony should be put before anything else, than to understand harmony should prevail over any principle.
The legal system was already there when the people found themselves inseparably incorporated in it.
This is why the Japanese always "think" it's the law that changes the people whereas it's the people that should change the law. In fact they have developed a tendency to constantly enact laws invariably modeled after legislation in the West in order to avoid changing themselves.
Take the Equal Employment Opportunity Law of 1986 for example. Almost three decades have passed since it was enacted but practically nothing has changed.
Sexist bias (See NOTE) still remains a widespread practice, though a little less explicit now. Fortunately, some, if not many, Japanese women have fought the discrimination in an ingenious way. They have refused to get assimilated into the male-dominated society by neglecting the feminine duty as a "birthing machine." As a result the decline in Japan's fertility rate seems unstoppable now.
NOTE: I'm not advocating equality. Remember Japan is a principle-less country. Violation of what unprincipled Americans call human rights has never been really at issue here.
On the contrary, we don't see the slightest sign that biologically old men are defying the equally deep-rooted ageist bias. Apparently they are all determined to submit to the demand that they conform to the stereotypical profiles given to them.
As if in a self-fulfilling prophecy, they have stopped growing by confining themselves in actual or virtual nursing homes and playing the state-defined role of the senior citizen.
The official statistics puts the population over 65 at 31.9 million whereof 4.6 million are afflicted with senile dementia. Needless to say this is a gross underestimate simply because those who are compiling the statistics are already suffering from what I call "premature senility" themselves.
To make it even worse, this particular state has long withstood all the difficulties resulting from the lack of principles by defining itself as a mechanism of income redistribution. In a normal country, people conduct themselves on the principle of self-reliance. They do help one another as the necessity arises, but basically it's a voluntary and spontaneous act. But in Japan, it's always the state that extends a helping hand to the people who it unilaterally picks as beneficiaries of the benefits funded by taxpayers. As a result the people feel they are indebted to the government.
For one thing Japan's national pension programs are mostly contributory type. But in this sick nanny state, every pensioner feels he is nothing but a burden on the younger generations, who are actually suffering premature senility or juvenile dementia.
It's, therefore, no accident they forget that a society evolves only when mature people hand down to their children and grandchildren what they have experienced or witnessed firsthand as independent individuals.
It's true NHK and the like keep saying, day in, day out, that we should listen to the elderly before they are all dead so as not to weather away what they have experienced. But how can we expect someone to narrate un-sanitized, first-person singular, nonstandard accounts of how he lived the history when he feels he is nothing but a social nuisance? He "thinks" he owes the state much more than the state owes him.
In his lecture at Okinawa University, Mr. Hiroaki Koide confided to his audience that his lifetime role model is Shozo Tanaka. (See the picture on his desktop in the above photo.) It's quite understandable. But if it's not too irreverent to say something about the second career of the first-class scientist and seasoned activist like him, my humble advice would be that now it's his turn to be his own role model.
The good news for him is that unlike this blogger, Mr. Koide has a large audience of his followers. But the bad news is most of them don't seem to have the ability to really internalize what they have heard about Okinawa, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima. In all likelihood, they will repeat the same mistake we old generations have committed in the past, That is evident from the way they chant the all-too-familiar incantations like "No more Hiroshimas," "No more Fukushimas," etc.
Our generations know many things that they don't know.
We have known or even witnessed how people let Emperor Hirohito offer the strategically unimportant cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and densely-populated downtown Tokyo as sacrifices so Franklin Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman would refrain from decapitating the nation in a total departure from the textbook tactic. It's true the very heart of the capital was targeted. But records have it that thousands of bodies were piled up in Yuraku-cho Station of the Japan National Railways, while the Imperial Palace which is located just around the corner from the station was deliberately kept intact.
The same is true with the life of Hirohito. In 1947 he sold off Okinawa to the Unite States to reciprocate these favors.
I'm one of the remnants from the turbulent days of nationwide protest against the Security Treaty of 1960. Although something prohibited me from marching toward the Diet Building myself, I feel something still remains unsettled deep inside when I recall that then Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, former Class-A war crimes suspect and the grandfather of Shinzo Abe, signed the treaty amid the anti-treaty outcry. In 2007 then New York Times reporter Tim Weiner revealed that Kishi was an undercover agent of the CIA disguised as Japan's Prime Minister at that time. A small group of citizens was going to file a class action lawsuit to have the treaty repealed. But their appeal was instantly turned down by the authority.
Of course Mr. Koide is much better off than I in telling the young people of the crime the Nuclear Mafia has committed in the past, and will be committing in the future. And I think he is "old" enough to know there's no reason to believe we can expect a different outcome from repeating the same traditional approach to these issues over and over again.
Equally important, now he can express himself more freely to political racketeers and media rogues because he is no longer shackled by the National Public Service Act. · read more (224 words)
Thursday, February 19 2015 @ 05:49 PM EST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
POSTSCRIPT February 26:
On October 16, 1793, Marie Antoinette was executed by Guillotine. She was just one of those 16,594 people killed with the same beheading machine at the birth of the French Republic.
So is there any difference?
In my humble opinion, the only difference lies with the fact that the YouTube thing had yet to be seen even on the horizon in the days of the French Revolution.
Albert Camus (1913-60)
I rebel—therefore we* exist.
From L’Homme Révolté (The Rebel) by Albert Camus
* The "we" can be a typo.
1972 killing of 11 Israeli Olympians in Munich
In this war the Palestinians’ only weapon is terrorism. It
is a terrible weapon but the oppressed poor have no others.
Jean-Paul Sartre on the Munich killing
Where shall I begin?
It's a little too hard to admit after blogging for more than ten years that there still lies almost an unbridgeable chasm between us.
I'm under the impression that the gap has widened one step further since I touched off the series of arguments over the modern nation-statehood.
Obviously I should have realized that it's crying for the moon to expect the ability to take a fresh think at a fundamental issue like this one from you Americans who have neither Asian wisdom nor Cartesian tradition ("Cogito, ergo sum") nor Sartrean discipline ("We are our choices," or "Man is condemned to be free.") All you can do is to shuffle information on an ear-to-mouth basis and approve or disapprove someone else's ideas without really internalizing them.
When you self-complacent dissidents in the U.S. discuss an issue, it's always someone else's problem; you never talk about your own problem simply because you can identify none. That's why you are unable to have a life-size view of yourselves. As a result you always talk big while acting very small.
For one thing, you often refuse to admit you are part of America. That may be true. Even so you can't deny America is an integral and inseparable part of yourself.
I don't know what it's like to be in the fairyland where you live. But I'm afraid you have great difficulty understanding the real implication of the mathematical thought of Luca Pacioli. He theorized 521 years ago that in the real world it's highly improbable that you owe others practically nothing while others owe you a lot. At any rate you can't deny the presence of the past even if you haven't read the book written by Rupert Sheldrake. As I always maintain, what should be questioned, instead, is the presence of the future.
You are like my biological sons who are helplessly immature 46- and 47-year-olds. They have grown into thinking-disabled conformists because my second ex-wife, whose father was a small-time yakuza gangster dealing in illegal drugs, indoctrinated them day in, day out since our divorce to pay respect to everyone but their biological father. Whenever they repeat the same complaint that their intellectually demanding father has messed up their lives, I say, "I'm awfully sorry for that; I should never have fathered you guys. It's the greatest mea culpa of my life to have brought you into existence." They can't help but blush, but don't know what to say. They just glare at me with sullen eyes of 9-year-old kids.
I'm not very sure if I can pull myself together again to face your terrorism of words. Examples of your verbal terrorism include refuting my deliberate statement about the failed nation-states such as Japan and the U.S. as an "irrational hyperbole," or insisting that the bloodshed involved in America's Independence War and the genocidal acts your country has committed in Hiroshima, Vietnam, Iraq, etc. was well-intended whereas the brutality entailed in the founding of the Islamic State does not have a rightful cause - all without giving a single rational reason. I hope, however, you'll understand I'm not talking about cyber-bullying here. This website is not meant for old kids, i.e. those who are afflicted with premature senility.
Now it seems all I can do until the time comes is to think aloud in this world's most unoptimized website. What else can I do when people I'm talking to don't take my serious arguments seriously?
Initially I was going to discuss Albert Camus who is touted as "one of the greatest writers of the 20th century" immediately following my recent post that dealt with the class war in the cultist-dominated world because the French author seems to be a role model for contemporary Americans with his cheap philosophy about absurdité (the meaninglessness of man's life.)
Camus was born in Algeria to a not-so-wealthy French family, but throughout his short life, he never dreamed of abandoning the privilege of being a second-generation colonist. Exactly like him, you see no contradiction in habitually slamming your home country while cherry-picking its juicy elements, be it a livelihood assistance, a disability pension, a medical subsidy, a tax relief, or any other tangible and intangible benefits.
But on second thought, I said to myself it would be another waste of time to go on without asking you to stop to think, instead of stop thinking, over the points I'd already made on the subject. Now I must ask you to allow me to get back to where I started.
In October I was pleasantly surprised when I learned the people of Catalonia are still seeking independence from Spain. Among other things I was struck by the fact that they are NOT protesting against anything in particular like their parents and grandparents did against the Franco regime. A majority of the 7.5 million Catalans just refuse to get assimilated into the Kingdom of Spain.
In fact secession-minded Catalans don't seem to know themselves exactly where they are heading. That indicates it's something really unprecedented that underlies their unwavering aspiration for self-determination. As someone put it on the eve of the legally nonbinding "public consultation," all we know is that it must be something to be defined as a nation without a state they are seeking so enthusiastically.
On that premise, we can tell these people with unparalleled self-esteem and creative attitudes are going to separate the Siamese twins which are almost inoperable.
I've repeatedly said in this website, a creative mind creates itself when innate spontaneity meets acquired discipline in one person or one society. And it is evident from their creative attitudes toward life and spirit of exploring new things that the cultural climate in Catalonia is such that it facilitates and encourages the merger of the two contradictory attributes. Their goal does not seem unrealistically ambitious at all as stunted people in the U.S. tend to believe.
Their quest for a nation without a state prompted me to take a fresh think at the question about how specifically founding principles have brought a nation (a group of people) and a state (a system to govern them) together in the West since the late-18th century. I felt it would make little sense to discuss the viability of a stateless nation without knowing the answers to this fundamental question.
Before doing so, I asked myself: "What's the thing called a principle in the first place?" My answer: A principle is one thing and a political ideology or religious dogma is quite another. It's something more fundamental on which to take a fresh and creative think at things to identify real questions rather than find answers to given questions. That is why what the Americans still call the Founding Principles remained more or less valid and workable political ideologies for more than one hundred years until they were outgrown by the reality of the 20th century.
The phantom haunting the Planet of the Apes for almost 240 years
With all this in mind, I quickly revisited
John Locke (1632-1704). It might have been Jean-Jacques Rousseau or Voltaire, if I'd thought a greater number of newer countries have modeled themselves after France. But actually that is not the case. Most developing countries seem to have automatically chosen Locke's philosophical rubbish about "the natural rights to life, liberty and property" as their founding principles over the Continental ideas of Enlightenment.
I argued the fact that contemporary Americans are still letting Locke's crap be passed off as principles on which the nation and the state of the United States should remain together simply indicates they can no longer take a fresh and hard think at reality.
And what did I get from my predominantly American audience in response to my post?
NONE AT ALL.
The moment I mentioned the name of their guru, they all pretended they hadn't heard me. Not a single person gave me a feedback in that respect, either online or offline, to defend the national mantra against the challenge from an obscure Japanese blogger.
Now it's evident that this is exactly where American individuals have stopped thinking like human beings. They have enshrined the 3.25-century-old baloney as a sacred cow for so long that it now has turned into the underbelly of America's value system.
As a matter of fact you have been indoctrinated since your childhood never to question the Founding Principles as if they were indisputable axioms. You have been strongly discouraged, if not prohibited, from questioning why the empty-headed Englishman, alone, should be given the special privilege to ascribe the particular set of rights to us human beings.
If you still believe these rights are particularly inherent to humanity, why don't you ask an animal-rights activist if he agrees with you? He will certainly answer in the negative.
Or better yet, ask me the same question.
I will tell you, like I have in the last several years, that through my firsthand experience with these tax-collecting robbers in the Yokohama City Hall I've learned anyone can assert any right he wants to exercise, be it the right to kill or the right to steal.
When talking about rights and principles, I don't think conceptual understanding is enough; it's also important to visualize them because they mean nothing unless you can share them with others in one way or the other at the end of the day.
To that end you should forget about Locke's Tabula Rasa, i.e. Blank Slate, because actually it's full of shit from the beginning and to the end. In other words, it's something like a chèque en blanc (blank check) which will never be honored.
Personally I love Henri Bergson's embroidery analogy. He might have analogized man's principle as a box filled with emptiness or nothingness, i.e. "free will" in Bergsonian terminology. But in fact his Creative Evolution wasn't written to discuss the link between the nation and the state.
Instead I would describe a founding principle as a beam of light which is nothing until it's recognized against a shade it casts. This would better explain why the principles of the rogue country named the USA are so empty as to need violence to make themselves visible. Let's be reminded that Mencius said: "Evil exists to glorify the good." In other words the good exists only when there is evil. The act of "terrorism" is much more than just a blowback.
Let's face it:
Violence is nested at the very core of the founding principles of any modern nation-state in the West.
Recent examples include Malala Yousafzai (NOTE 1) and Charlie Hebdo (NOTE 2.)
NOTE 1: The impudent Pakistani chick was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize just for parroting the empty promise of human rights, which the gunman didn't like. (I didn't either.)
NOTE 2: When the Islamist "terrorists" stormed into the offices of Paris-based satirical magazine, millions of Frenchmen were reminded for the first time since 1789 that their tricolor flag represented the supposedly lofty ideas about liberté (freedom), égalité (equality) and fraternité (brotherhood.) On the part of the United States, and the United Kingdom to a lesser degree, another millions of truth-seekers instantly started to spread on the web their false-flag "theories" that the bloody incident was a hoax staged by the Mossad, the CIA and MI6. It's not just that I'm not interested in knowing if their allegation is fully substantiated, but I found it really sickening because this was yet another Ignoratio Elenchi. Now it's too obvious that these rotten American souls are using the false-flag tactic themselves. In the last paragraphs of this post, I'll come back to this point to elaborate on my take on their modus operandi. Incidentally I personally empathize with the Charlie Hebdo gunmen whether or not they were carrying a false flag because when you criticize someone's faith, you should never do it in a satirical way. Unless you are ready to articulate your counterargument seriously, you should be prepared to get killed. Don't play with serious words from serious people.
In that piece, I reiterated what I wrote in my aborted book seven years ago: Japan is nothing but a vast illusion shared by the 127.3 million "people." Now the same thing can be said of the USA, or any other country to a varying degree, because when the link between the nation and the state is missing, it's reduced to a mere optical phenomenon.
Quite naturally most of you found my deliberate statement not only ridiculous but also outrageous.
Although a very small number of people agreed to my view, I suspect they "thought" it was yet another salty analogy. But in fact I was not analogizing.
It can't be helped. I know your IQ is much higher than mine but with your unprincipled reading habit, you have never taken a fresh think at what exactly man's imagination or illusion is.
Amid Nazi's occupation of Paris, Jean-Paul Sartre authored a book The Imaginary: A Phenomenological Psychology of the Imagination to prepare himself and his audience for the subsequent essay titled Being and Nothingness. Thanks to my lifetime philosophy teacher (he has never been my guru,) I know what you don't know about the two different sates of man's being.
It is true that I used to think what Laurie Anne Freeman termed Japan's information cartel was a serious issue. But in recent years, especially since the 3/11 disaster, I've learned criticizing the media's behavior is like saying, "The blue sky is blue." It's not only useless but also harmful to repeat the same truism over and over as if there could be the blue sky that isn't blue.
At least since the birth of the first nation-state, the media have always played a pivotal role in bringing the nation and the state together by helping the two entities share the same principles. The tools for communication have changed from the newspaper to the radio to the television to the Internet, and the principles have been constantly hollowed out. But the media's role has remained unchanged.
In that context it's really laughable to see the big battalions of self-styled, learning-disabled dissidents keep criticizing the media for habitually lying.
I can't agree more if they don't opportunistically exclude from their blacklist non-mainstream media, e.g. social media, and all printed mediums. In fact, though, I know they are also lying because they can't live a day without relying on the mediums they favor.
Just ask them a stupid question like: "What is the difference between an illusion and the reality?" Their answer will also be stupid: "An illusion is something that isn't real." The next question: "Then what exactly is the reality?" The answer: "The reality is something that isn't an illusion."
This left me wondering about the real reason you smart dissidents in the U.S. keep slamming the media so enthusiastically. But when I was re-reading Camus' The Rebel, it flashed on me that the only way to explain their obsessive-compulsive behavior is to assume they have tacitly struck a reciprocal deal with the establishment. That is why the entire game is rigged in the U.S. today.
On the part of the establishment everyone knows the mirage-like nation-state can no longer be supported by conformists because they are also a gaseous thing, and that it's only dissidents who can turn illusions into reality by repeating their anti-establishment nonsense over and over.
On the other hand, the motive that drives self-proclaimed dissidents into their feigned resistance is twofold. Like Albert Camus, they badly need the current regime to withstand their ineffectual resistance because otherwise they would be at a loss over what to do for the rest of their empty lives, and more importantly how to make their living which is heavily dependent on the nanny-state measures.
As I observe, the other part of the reason is because they are people who have somehow failed to make the most of their lives because of the absence of creative mind. (Camus avowed his hedonism publicly, but if you carefully read The Myth of Sisyphus or The Stranger, you will notice it was fake.) Their failure in enjoying their own lives has left them with an inconsolable resentment toward life.
This way the establishment and anti-establishment have formed an ideal coalition.
Finally let me quickly talk about the most despicable type of dissidents: truth-seekers.
Every known ethnic group has an inclination, to a varying degree, toward superstitious self-perception, such as "We are a chosen people," "We are an abandoned people," "We are descendants of the Sun Goddess," etc. Maybe the Jews and the Japanese are a little more susceptible to such an idea than other peoples. But an illusion is an illusion.
If I remember it correctly, Sartre quoted Richard Wright in his Anti-Semite and Jew (1945) as saying something like, "There's no such thing as an issue with blacks. The only thing I see here in the U.S. is the issue with whites." Sartre was not particularly pro-Zionist, nor anti-Semite. He simply wanted to point out that it's always a strong feeling, e.g. hatred or inferiority complex, other peoples may harbor against the tribe in question that turns a mere illusion into a solid reality as if in a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Essentially the same thing is meant when I say, "A conspiracy theory is an integral part of the conspiracy," or "A conspiracy theorist is the conspirator himself." Since there's no such thing as man's deed which is NOT a conspiracy, they have to single out one media-salient incident after another such as NYC's 9/11 or Paris' 1/7 to cook up something that is particularly entertaining and passable as a conspiracy.
Actual false-flag tricks on presumed ones really help, rather than rebuke, the "predominantly-Jewish" establishment by distracting super-credulous people from the past and current atrocities in Algeria, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and now the ISIL. This is why we smell an imperialist stench from the dying Empire every time a truth-seeking ape tells us his invented story.
When you are beheaded by the terrorist named the Grim Reaper at the end of your life, you will realize, for the first time, that you wasted your whole life working on alibi exercises for not taking a creative think at things and acting accordingly. Your last words will be: "I should have known my own life was an ultimate conspiracy."
Except for the odor from across the Pacific, it is none of my business anymore no matter how many tons of viscous pus spills over from the false link of the United States of America. I belong somewhere else.
Japan is a peculiar nation-state. It has no founding principles from the beginning because it wasn't created by a human being. It just emerged out of nowhere sometime between 660 BC and 712 AD. It's no accident that its "state" part is almost identical to the American system now.
But the other part, i.e. the people, is a little more agreeable than its American counterpart because it has been taught to put harmony before any principle. Very few people assert their "inalienable and inviolable rights" like American egomaniacs, unless so instigated by the state, because most Asian wisdom tells us the human-rights thing is nothing but an illusion. Modesty and the sense of duty always prevail here - for better rather than for worse.
Up until recently, I was obsessed with the idea that I should be well-prepared for the last moment. But when my friend Dr. Shiono told me during a brief triage session that it's perhaps a matter of time my atrial fibrillation develops into fatal cerebral infarction, it flashed on me that wrapping up a life isn't packing up for a long journey. · read more (38 words)
Saturday, January 31 2015 @ 01:19 PM EST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF. POSTSCRIPT February 6: 石堂順子、湯川正一、および某保険会社への朗報
Weep no more, the "bereaved" parents of nanchatte heroes and the fraudulent insurer who underwrote the risk of being kidnapped at a ridiculous per-diem rate of JPY 100K.
Junko Ishido, Goto's mother, shed a lot of obligatory tears at the FCCJ but the hag was wearing weird grins all the time as if she already knew ISIS could sometimes stand for Israel Secret Intelligence Service - and perhaps a few things more
Unconfirmed reports from nanchatte informed sources, including an American regular of this website, have it that these scenes of beheading were all fake and most probably your sons are currently vacationing in Miami, FL.
Through my longtime experience with every school of conspiracy "theorists," I've learned they are conspirators or their henchmen themselves. To please their largely imaginary Jewish employers, they single-mindedly use a cheap trick of deliberately discrediting themselves by disseminating childish anti-Semitic paranoia.
One typical example is their far-fetched allegation about "Laurel Canyon Conspiracy" of the 1960s. They say hippies like Frank Zappa were employed by the predominantly Jewish establishment to taint the antiwar cause in a roundabout way. But actually it's pre-9/11 conspiracy theorists who subtly emboldened the Pentagon to escalate the Vietnam War. Most of the time these old kids afflicted with premature senility didn't know what they were doing, but as a matter of fact, things unfolded as if in a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Motives? Yes, basically there are two personal factors that drive a truth-seeker into obsessive-compulsive behaviors. I'll elaborate on this aspect of the issue in the following post.
Now I wouldn't be surprised if they are just pulling your leg to the same end. But who knows? Either way I couldn't care less what's become of these Japanese macaques.
In this war the Palestinians’ only weapon is terrorism. It
is a terrible weapon but the oppressed poor have no others.
Jean-Paul Sartre on the 1972 killing of 11 Israeli Olympians in Munich
When the first installment of the serial videos was uploaded by the Islamic State on January 20, the Japanese instantly resorted to their traditional behavior of letting things drift in total inaction resulted from thanatosis-like paralysis.
In the meantime their brain-dead leader was automatically repeating, as if in delirium, the same nonsense over and over: "We will never negotiate with the terrorists." He never failed to add in the same breath that his top priority, nonetheless, is to talk the terrorists into releasing the hostage immediately.
And fortunately for them, the problem solved itself this morning as it always does for the haunted nation as far as this dubious guy named Kenji Goto Jogo (See NOTE) is concerned.
NOTE: Goto's official family name is Jogo. It's interesting to know his wife Rinko Jogo was once stationed in Amman, Jordan, as a staff member of the Japan International Cooperation Agency. JICA is a quasi-governmental entity which has been known as a venal organization to covertly siphon taxpayers' money back to the Japanese government and its contractors under the guise of coordinating the appropriation of the Official Development Assistance.
Like Abe, I'm not very sure if I can pull myself together again to face the terrorism of words from my thinking-disabled audience before the Grim Reaper decapitates this 79-year-old blogger who is now under the imminent threat of fatal brain infarction. But if I can prepare myself in time, I will upload a new post to explain exactly why I have no difficulty looking the other way when some more unprincipled rogues from the U.S. and principle-less dregs of humanity from Japan are beheaded, all in Guantanamo jumpsuit.
Of course, the title of the new piece will be something like:
"Can actual false-flag tactics on presumed ones save the Planet of the Apes from totally falling apart?"
Time and again in the past I've said to these super-credulous guys under the influence of the conspiracy cult:
"If everything is a hoax, your conspiracy theory must also be a hoax. So there's no point in discussing issues with you. On the contrary if there still are issues which aren't fake, tell us specifically what they are. And let's discuss them seriously without resorting to American cynicism or Vietcong's guerrilla tactic."
Every time I warned them, they pretended that they hadn't heard me because they were fully determined not to face the reality. Now I have no reason, whatsoever, to refrain from revealing the dirty secret about these small-time imperialists disguised as something else.
Mark 16:16 goes: "He that believeth .... shall be saved." Amen.
POSTSCRIPT: Obviously it's a matter of time before these truth-seeking parasites, who are mentally retarded, and perhaps physically impaired too, start to spread the same old ignoratio elenchi such as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is actually a Jewish operative. In this video embedded below, a eunuch from the Planet of the Apes is saying all these gruesome scenes were staged by the Mossad and the CIA from behind the curtain. · read more (1 words)
Friday, November 28 2014 @ 08:33 AM EST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
BY DEFINITION, TO BELIEVE IS TO CLOSE THE DOOR TO CREATIVE DIALOGUE WHEREAS TO THINK IS TO INTERACT DIALECTICALLY WITHOUT RESORTING TO GUERRILLA TACTICS BOTH VIETNAM VETERANS AND DRAFT-DODGERS ARE SO GOOD AT.
The ersatz priest officiating a wedding ceremony for a Japanese couple at a makeshift Chaperu
Most Japanese of Masako's generation never worship, but happily embrace a trilogy of faiths. They see no contradiction in being taken to the local Shinto shrine to be recorded at birth, marrying in Christian ceremonies (thousands of them in Australian churches as part of a honeymoon package,) and having their bones buried in Buddhist family tombs.
From Princess Masako by Ben Hills
I'm missing Mr. Atsuta who owned a small Japanese-style bar sitting just across the narrow street from the rundown apartment building where I live. Atsuta sometimes came in early to serve Japanese lunch to neighbors who were fed up with greasy Chinese food. On such occasions, I often visited his shop to have sashimi lunch at an affordable price. But a couple of months ago, he suddenly closed down his shop presumably because what he had openly predicted became reality. Atsuta was always saying his family of three was on the verge of breakup.
Atsuta was a great conversationist, and more importantly he was like a walking Wikipedia. Aside from low-fat food served there, I always enjoyed discussion with the pleasantly talkative owner-chef over a variety of topics ranging from politics to history to culture to climate to food. It was amazing because he didn't attend any higher-leaning course. True, his knowledge was rather on the shallow side, but I know very few university graduates here whose insight into things is any better than his.
One afternoon, a year or so ago, we were discussing taxes and what we get in return for paying them. I was also so talkative as to mention how "DK" had saved my life when I was getting killed by the tax-collecting robbers at the Yokohama City Hall.
Aghast at my story about my savior, Atsuta paused in the middle of the preparation of my lunch, and said: "So this gentleman is not your son, or sibling. Moreover, he had no reason, whatsoever, to feel obliged to give you that much of money. He did that just because he empathized with your way of life. I haven't heard of such a selfless person in my life."
Subsequently our conversation went on like this:
Atsuta: "I think you must have a special kind of charisma. Without a doubt you'll make a well-deserved fortune in a matter of a year or two if you found a cult of your own." Me: "Maybe you are right. I would name it something like the Group of Creative Thinkers." Atsuta: "It's not sexy enough for the name of a cult. I wouldn't join such a cult myself. But the naming issue aside, what would the creed be like?" Me: "Thanks for asking. My tenet No. 1 would be something like, 'Never believe in anything or anyone.'" Atsuta: "Egad! What else would you tell your disciples to believe, (he added in a sarcastic tone) or not to believe, to be more precise?" Me: "My tenet No. 2 would be, 'Never believe in anything or anyone.'" Atsuta: "Is there tenet No. 3?" Me: "You bet there is. It's 'Never believe in anything or anyone.'" Atsuta: "Don't let me down. Now I've changed my mind. That way you could never be a guru. Forget about my suggestion that you should get into the cult business."
Early this past summer, my long-ailing Vista machine finally went dead. For a solid month I had to go through quite an ordeal to get a decent replacement at no cost. It's once again this charitable person who finally came to my rescue. He found me a used laptop machine with Windows 7 installed in it and spent a whole weekend to recondition it, all for free. He also bought me a speaker to be attached to the machine when he knew I wasn't happy with the poor sounds from the built-in speaker.
What if I had come back to Atsuta to tell him how the selfless guy helped me out of the computer crisis? I think he would have repeated the same thing: "Just the same, you don't have an aptitude for the cult business."
It was the same bar owner who taught me the official numbers of clergymen and adherents in Japan's religious groups are a gross understatement because only legitimized cults such as Soka Gakkai ("Value-Creating" Institute) are included in the statistics.
NOTE: Numbers of clergymen and adherents combined by religion are shown in 1,000 in this table.
Atsuta pointed out that the total number of people who are associated, in one way or the other, with religious groups including those without tax-exempt status will be greater than 300 million, i.e. almost 2.5-times larger than country's total population of 127.3 million.
Atsuta uncharacteristically failed to touch on the most important thing: what some of us call the Tennoist Cult just on a between-the-two-of-us basis. People are taught that the postwar Japan is a secular country. But the fact of the matter remains that the Tennoist Cult is not only given a tax-exempt status but affluently funded with taxpayers' money. Even Atsuta's estimate of 300 million is a gross understatement.
Australian journalist Ben Hills had a good point when he wrote the contemporary Japanese "happily embrace a trilogy of faiths." But actually he gave a wrong picture of this country. The readers of his book must have taken it that every Japanese individual goes back and forth, arbitrarily or opportunistically, among three religions during his lifetime. But actually, as I argued six years ago in my aborted book, it's something you would get when you randomly tossed incongruous religious ingredients into one salad bowl that governs Japanese people throughout their lifetime. Everything is fake in this cultural wasteland.
As you can see in the statistics shown above, there are only 1.95 million people who believe, rather than think, they are Christians. This translates into a mere 1.5% of the total population. And how many people are wedded in the Christian format? According to the data recently released by a major research company, an astounding 70% of people are wedded in Christian ceremonies although most of them still decide the dates of their weddings according to the Japanese version of the Buddhist calendar. For instance, Butsumetsu, the day of the 6-day Buddhist week on which Buddha is believed to have died, is almost always avoided even if it falls on a Gregorian weekend.
Actually I've known three American individuals who live or lived an easy life in the city of Yokohama, teaching locals "English" which sounds more like Japlish to me. Aside from their high-paying teaching job, they often have the offer for a side-job from the makeshift chapel attached to a five-star hotel. One of these guys once confided to me that he'd sometimes accepted such an offer to earn 15K yen just by pretending to be a priest for an hour. He didn't have to know how to proceed with the ceremony because he was given beforehand a bilingual manual which explained what he was supposed to say and do, and in which language, in every detail. His authenticity hinged solely on his blue eyes.
Does this still have anything to do with faiths? Practically every Japanese I've talked to in the past has said, "What's wrong with cherry-picking things we like?" Of course, nothing is wrong with apes aping other apes like this. It's their life, not mine. I'm just saying this isn't a laughing matter from humanity point of view. Obviously, it's the key to understanding this nation-state named Japan exactly how to define a cult.
Here let me ask you a simple question to find out if you are a cultist, which is more likely than not.
How do you define a cult as against a religion?
I'm afraid you don't know the answer because to you a cult is yet another religion you don't like for whatever is the reason. If you like it, of course it's a religion.
Someone is saying in his website:
"Cult is a system of religious beliefs that is followed by a small number of people whereas religion is an organized system of beliefs and practices followed by the majority of a population." This thinking-disabled American shows an unmistakable sign that he is a cultist himself.
My way of defining a cult goes like this:
"A cult is a jumble of incongruous ideas, religious or not, put into a salad bowl."
No matter whether you are a theist or an atheist, when your thought failed to evolve into something more creative and coherent, it's destined to quickly fossilize into a mere belief.
In my most recent post, I theorized, or at least hypothesized, that this cult-ridden country disguised as a modern nation-state is "nothing but an illusion shared among 127.3 million people."
A vast majority of people found my argument not only ridiculous but even outrageous. It's true some small number of people said they agreed with me. But I suspect they didn't take my deliberate statement at its face value; to them it was just a salty analogy.
I knew I had to refrain from going too far with Newtonian analogies. But since I thought, rather than believed, my ontological inference about the mirage-like country is analogous closely enough to a physical or optical observation, I substituted a generally accepted physical law for my argument in order to make it more understandable to those who are not good at thinking.
I could have founded a cult of my own on my ontological theory and repeated one and the same idea over and over, as if it's a conclusion rather than a starting point. But in fact, I chose to go on THINKING. Indeed, Japan is a cult-ridden nation. So is the United States. But SO WHAT?
To be more specific, there are four questions currently facing me: 1) Is a certain kind of class struggle still going on? 2) If that is the case, who is fighting against whom? 3) What weapons are available to them? 4) Is it a winnable war for us?
When addressing the first question, we've got to know if the ubiquity of cults is an issue particular to this nation of Shamanism. If there is a substantial difference between Japan and the United States, it lies in the fact that while Shotoku Prince was neither a guru nor a cultist, America's founding fathers were all cultists who based their dogma on John Locke's philosophical rubbish from the beginning.
But in recent years, especially since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the American people have been increasingly into what I call Diversity Cult which is a natural consequence of Locke's delusion about "natural rights to life, liberty and property." Ironically, there is a striking resemblance between America's national cult and the Japanese obsession with Shotoku Prince's idea that "harmony should be put before anything else" as Article 1 of his 17-Article Constitution of the 7th century famously put it.
In 1967 a stupid anthropology professor named Chie Nakane argued in her bestselling book "Personal Relations in a Vertical Society" that Japan is a vertically-structured, hierarchical society. But she was 90-degrees wrong literally and 180-degrees wrong figuratively. The fact of the matter remains that this country has long been a horizontally-aligned, classless society. Everybody is equal under the reign of the phantom named the Emperor.
Now that the entire world is getting aligned more and more horizontally, it's an illusion if you see a conventional struggle such as one between labor and capital. And yet, with your outmoded way of viewing the division of society, you tend to overlook the fact that a class war is still going on.
These days the big battalions of thinking-disabled guys have been spreading their delusive propaganda, mainly on the web, that the Have Nots that account for 99% of the population are challenging the rule by the Haves. On the other hand another millions of thinking-disabled bastards, who call themselves truth-seekers, have been disseminating, also mainly on the web, their delusive dogma that the "dumbed-down sheeple" should wake up to the reality about handful of Jews constantly hatching an evil plot to dominate over the world. It's as though they haven't noticed the Internet is the worst conspiracy in history.
They are mistaken, if they aren't just lying, in part because they are so dumbed down themselves as to take it for granted that still there are stereotypical classes in this horizontally-aligned world. Ironically enough, they invariably base their childish conspiracy "theories" on Locke's 3-plus-century-old delusion. Jews are now targeting these "inalienable" rights of people, so they believe, if not think.
More importantly, they haven't realized that as a matter of the law of physics, the docility of the people can't support a gaseous thing like their nation-state. On the contrary, the more powerful the protest from the "awakened" people, the more likely it is that the gaseous substance will be captured in a reinforced structure and become a solid and sustainable edifice.
Let's face it: it's none other than these self-styled dissidents who are effectively underpinning this otherwise fragile regime. They are irreplaceable contributors to the ultimate conspiracy of making the nonexistent thing visible and touchable.
Dissidents and mainstreamers are the two wings of the same dead bird because both of them got stuck with the worst type of paranoiac delusion that makes them see a class struggle where there is none. In the 21st century, the real war is being fought between thinkers and believers.
And in all fairness to unassimilated women, I'm inclined to include them in the class of thinkers although they are not always good at conceptual thinking. They remain unassimilated simply because of their instinctive desire to be with creative thinkers.
And what weapons are available to both sides? Although it's not a question of papyrus or electronics, the Internet seems to be the single most powerful weapon around. As a matter of fact, however, now it is monopolized by believers. They are effectively using what I termed
digitized utility altar. Sometimes they insist they are using the search engine as a thinking-aid as if there is such a thing that helps you think. Everything they say is an utter delusion.
Actually the Internet is a double-edged sword. If we thinkers use our ultimate weapon, i.e. the ability to think creatively, we should be able to turn the believers' only weapon against them.
There is no reason, whatsoever, to think we can't use the web-based technologies in an inventive way as even the thinking-disabled punk named
Mark Zuckerberg could do to attain his malicious goal in a matter of several years.
This website has been constantly unoptimized by these SEO companies who are affiliated, in one way or the other, with big names such as Google. Basically the business model of an SEO company is as simple as to optimize the traffic for those who want to "monetize" their website at the cost of those who don't. Sometimes I even suspect thinking-disabled elements among my audience are in effect unoptimizing my traffic.
Under the circumstances, I can't afford, financially, physically. or otherwise, to take steps to broaden my "audience base" any further. So I am not sure if I can do any more than I've done in the last ten years to make the war against the believing class winnable.
But I still think we have a fair chance of defeating believers thanks to their self-fulfilling prophecy of it. As I stressed in my June post, the fittest are the first to go extinct in a degenerating society. At least I see an early indication of that beyond the "cloud" of the World Wide Web. · read more (81 words)
Wednesday, November 19 2014 @ 02:33 PM EST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF.
Okinawa Governor-elect Takeshi Onaga
Outgoing Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
In the middle of writing on the result of Okinawa's gubernatorial election of November 16, I realized it would take too much time if I intended to analyze its implication to the fullest. I decided to make it short because I still have some backlog issues such as Japan's religious salad and consequences of the protracted drought of disruptive technologies. Hopefully I will further elaborate on my take on the Okinawa election, if I have time after I can release these pieces from the pipeline,
People in even more uncivilized countries such as the United States always talk about election fraud in the face of the loss suffered by a candidate they support, or as a handy excuse for not bothering to cast their ballots so they can say, "It's not my fault," whenever things go wrong.
But in Japan vote-rigging is a rarity simply because it's unnecessary. It doesn't make a bit of difference who wins the poll.
In the last thirteen centuries since Shotoku Prince promulgated the 17-Article Constitution, the ruling classes have been increasingly well-equipped with the art of governing, while their subjects have developed for themselves an ingenious art of being governed. Not that people don't fear, complain, resist or protest. On the contrary, they express dissatisfaction nonstop with their constrained lives.
I think this is primarily attributable to the tradition of shamanism. Let's face it: Japan is, in fact, a mirage. True, it isn't a nothing; something is there. But certainly this country is a mere optical phenomenon without substance. It comes into real existence only when it's met with fear, resentment, or any other strong feeling from its people. By this hypothesis the pathology of its insatiable desire for international recognition, or even the nationwide addiction to Sumaho and other mobile devices, can be explained, as well, in an indisputable way.
Believe it or not, I'm not exaggerating or just analogizing, but this country is nothing but an illusion shared among 127 million people. Maybe the same is more or less true with some other nation-states. But it's their headache, not mine.
I know if you are one of those thinking-disabled people who "think" they are thinking while in fact they are just shuffling information purely on an ear-to-mouth basis, you will find my ontological inference about this nation-statehood not only crazy but also outrageous. That's too bad. But I'm not in a position to babysit a curtain-climber like you.
I've learned from my firsthand experience that the entire game being played here is rigged from the beginning through the Shintoist ritual. I first learned as a university student how the system works from the nationwide protest against the 1960 revision of the U.S.-Japan security treaty. And then I learned more in depth about the same mechanism as a key staff member at the Human Resource Management section of KYB, a manufacturer of shock absorbers and other hydraulic equipment, who was in charge of industrial relations at the height of the labor movements dominated by belligerent communists from the late-1950s through early-'60s.
Now I know for sure it's much more than just degassing dissidents. The perpetual antagonism among people, who are actually obsessed with the idea that harmony should always prevail, is what has shaped the very foundation of this country.
Looking at Takeshi Onaga, the winner of the Sunday election, dancing his victory dance at his campaign headquarters, I realized all anew that Okinawa which was annexed by this mirage-like country in the 1870s has been irreversibly assimilated into America's Japan. Now the two parts of the "nation-state" have conglutinated to each other in a way to form a monster that looks pretty much like inoperable Siamese twins.
Onaga's predecessor is Hirokazu Nakaima. In the last eight years, he did the following three things: 1) he won two elections on his anti-base campaign pledge, 2) he upped the ante for the budget allocation from the Tokyo government for the "development" of the prefecture, and 3) now he is leaving office as a governor who did his best for his voters despite the fact it's Nakaima himself who gave a green light for the landfill at Henoko, the new site for the base of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Since Nakaima has already made the relocation plan a fait accompli, it's almost irreversible now. If Onaga really meant to rescind Nakaima's approval as he promised to the voters, he has no time to dance to the same old tune. But actually, Onaga, as the incumbent Mayor of Naha City, had previously confided to his fellow mayors that "no matter how we protest against the policy of the Japanese government, it will never be overturned," according to a Wikipedia entry. He reportedly added: "Yet we have to uphold our anti-base position because that is the only way to get more budget allocations."
In fact in the last forty years the Tokyo government has allocated an aggregate 10 trillion yen of taxpayers' money to Okinawa to compensate for "the disproportionately heavy burden" on the 1.4 million islanders.
This is a deja vu of what I have experienced time and again with the Yamatonchu in the last six decades. · read more (26 words)
Friday, November 14 2014 @ 06:13 AM EST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF.
Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
John Locke (1632-1704)
The chattering classes in the West, from mainstream to fringe, still take it for granted that history repeats itself, while, in fact, it's not history that haunts human beings for centuries; it's their own stupidity. As I have introduced in this website, the idea central to the epistemology of Soren Kierkegaard is "repetition" but the Danish philosopher defined it as forward recollection which requires your willingness to learn.
According to these learning-disabled people, now we are witnessing Cold War II or even signs that World War III is imminent.
With my days being numbered, for my part, I can't afford to waste a single minute talking about politics. It's something other than politics that made me search for Vladimir Putin's take on what's going on in Crimea, the remainder of Ukraine and ISIS.
In one of the videos someone asked Putin how he viewed the situation. In response, the Russian President said something like this: "Nyet. In those days, Russia and America differed ideologically, but today we differ philosophically."
Putin's keen observation prompted me to take a hard think at the November 9 vote in Catalonia from a philosophical angle. That led me to write in my most recent post that Catalans' quest can only be understood as a philosophical departure from the modern nation-statehood which is essentially based on the Enlightenment theories.
To my dismay my serious argument backfired in a way that reminded me of the Rules for Posting I've asked my supposedly well-educated audience to observe since the inception of this blog.
Before launching the taboo-free website 10 year ago, I'd intensively read many books dealing with fraudulent journalism. In one of them, author Bob Kohn quoted a journalist as saying, "Progress cannot be made on serious issues because one side is making arguments and the other side is throwing eggs."
This is exactly what's going on here these days. I got hysterical rather than philosophical responses from my audience as if I'd touched on an indisputably sacred thing for the Americans. To them it's especially unacceptable if it's a serf in America's Far-Eastern fiefdom who questions the principle on which the Evil Empire has been built.
My blood pressure hit 200 mmHg for the first time since 2012. It still stays there. But I thought I had to pull myself together to fight back if I still want the Okinawans to do the same. This is why I quickly came back with some elaboration on my argument against Mr. Locke's crap.
I must admit I haven't read the original text of Two Treatises of Government, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, or any other work of John Locke. When I still had time to possibly study his works, it was already too evident to me, from the unprincipled way the average American lived his life, that Locke didn't deserve to be called a philosopher as compared to these thinkers in the European Continent, China and India.
For one thing, although his words quoted at the top of this post may sound somewhat plausible to those who never bother to think, they don't make a bit of sense from the epistemology point of view.
Here Locke failed to clarify two things.
Firstly he couldn't tell what exactly the verb "think" should mean. To me it means, first and foremost, to take nothing for granted because as I've said many times before, there's no such thing as thinking that isn't creative. In other words, to think does not mean to select the correct answer from among "Yes," "No," "I don't know," and "I don't care."
Equally important, Locke also failed to tell where man's ability of creative thinking comes from. As you were taught at school, he theorized that man's brain at birth is Tabula Rasa, i.e. a blank slate. He argued that through experience and reading afterward, one acquires knowledge. But the real question is exactly how he can acquire the ability to think that "makes what we read ours," if ever he has started from scratch.
We can see the same logical flaw, or gimmick to be more precise, in his idea about natural rights to "life, liberty and property." If our "state of nature" is like a blank slate, how can it be true that we were endowed with innate rights, nonetheless, or anything else for that matter?
He was wrong, too, about "social contract" which serves as the basis of legal rights according to his theory. Since there's no such thing in this world as a contract which isn't terminable, his social contract can't be a contract in the first place.
It is true Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers found Locke's philosophical rubbish quite useful as a dogma with which to propagate their political cause. They didn't really care if this particular school of empiricism was, in fact, nothing but a jumble of incoherent ideas. There's nothing particularly wrong, however, with these political racketeers who deliberately ideologized the words of their guru.
The problem lies with the fact that their posterity has decided to enshrine the delusive ideology as the founding principle of their country long after the expiration of its validity. Today even these anti-Semitic idiots who "think" they are seeking truth invariably base their delusive conspiracy theories on a childish premise that it constitutes an unforgivable crime to deprive someone of his inalienable rights.
Perhaps Locke and his American disciples were at fault for the fabrication because they forgot to provide their posterity with a prescription for the art of creative thinking. It's no accident that the entire nation of America now looks like a cult whose members have no ability to think, either innate or acquired.
I may be wrong, however.
I don't want to repeat the same thing over and over. But please be reminded one last time of what I wrote in September.
"A heavily intoxicated man always insists he is as sober as a judge. And a psychopath, almost by definition, doesn't doubt his sanity for a split second. Likewise, one who suffers the mental illness that I call premature senility never admits he is just shuffling information purely on an ear-to-mouth basis."
I may fall on Category 2 or 3 myself. That's why I always value frank feedback from my audience. So please feel free to correct me if you find my interpretation of John Locke inaccurate, or totally wrong. · read more (15 words)
Tuesday, November 11 2014 @ 11:33 PM EST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF. To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first set our hearts and brains right so as to cultivate our personal life. - English translation of Confucius' words 修身斉家治国平天下
On Sunday the Catalans went ahead with the "mock" vote on independence in defiance of the rulings by the Spanish Constitutional Court that a referendum, either formal or informal, is unconstitutional, while the Madrid government was looking the other way. According to provisional reports, 2.25 million people of the 5.4 million voting-age population have cast their ballots at 6,700-plus polling stations. By Japanese standard for "real" elections which cost taxpayers a tremendous amount of money each time, the estimated turnout for the Sunday vote which was readied mostly by volunteers is unusually high.
It goes without saying most of those who went to polling stations voted for secession while people who don't favor the idea just chose to stay home. Actually an interim report puts the rate of Si votes at 84.5%. But as I've said before, the real significance of the symbolic vote lies with something else than these numbers.
Catalan citizens are queuing to cast their ballots.
Josep-Lluis Carod-Rovira, former Vice President of the government of Catalonia
In a YouTube video I found several days earlier, Josep-Lluis Carod-Rovira, former Vice President of the Catalan government, exquisitely described the situation facing the people of Catalonia. He said to the interviewer, "Catalonia is like Scotland, but Spain is not like Great Britain."
Apparently Carod-Rovira just intended to make it understandable to outsiders who have little insight into history of the nation-statehood. But you can't deny this is something like saying, "Okinawa is like Guam, but Japan is like Puerto Rico." That is very true, but it won't bring you any closer to an actionable idea to look at the problem from this angle.
As a matter of fact, no pro-independence Catalan thinks about transforming the Kingdom of Spain into a United Kingdom.
To begin with, Spain and the U.K., or any other two countries, aren't really comparable. I even doubt David Cameron allowed the Scots to hold a referendum because he is an ardent believer in the principle of democracy. Perhaps he just wanted to degas the Scots after consulting with one of those reliable bookies.
This apple-and-orange comparison aside, we are still curious to know where the Catalans are heading.
Some pro-secession Catalans say eventually they will be seeking an independent membership in the European Union and the United Nations, while some others say their ultimate goal is to build "a nation without a state." It seems there is no common goal shared among pro-independence people of Catalonia as yet. But this is quite natural because you never know the consequence of your action when you commit yourself to an unprecedented kind of initiative.
In response to my previous post, more than half-a-dozen people gave me their comments, either online or offline.
Ms. Lara, Chen Tien-shi, associate professor of anthropology at Waseda University was one of them. Although Lara reserved her opinion for the time being, she showed a keen interest in the novel idea about a nation without a state.
Aside from her teaching job, Lara has been dedicated to helping "stateless persons" out of every kind of persecution inflicted on them. Deep inside, however, she doesn't seem to be comfortable with the way brainless people at UNHCR have defined a stateless person as if he is a pest. So I think the notion of a nation without a state, i.e. a stateless nation, must be quite a challenge to her.
Last night I ran into Lara when I stepped out of the apartment building where I live. She was standing by the garbage dumping site designated for the shared use among residents in this block. In the dark Lara spotted me with her cat's eyes well before I did her with my cataract-suffering eyes. As usual we had a pleasant stand-talking for almost 30 minutes. I refrained from reminding Lara of her homework in part because I know she is too busy, as a teacher, a mother and a human-rights activist, to address a challenging issue such as this one.
Another reason we didn't touch on Catalonia is because we know we can't discuss such an intricate matter in 30 minutes. We must have had to resort to borrowed words if we had attempted to do so. A really new idea will never shape itself from old ones as the Catalans seem to be demonstrating to us.
More importantly, we are a rare species of people around here in that we always value living each moment of our everyday life with a creative attitude than exchanging worn-out words. These are why we just updated each other on how life is treating us these days in a way that was heartening to both of us.
Mr. Hiroaki Koide, associate professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, also gave me an interesting feedback. The conscientious nuclear scientist concluded his mail by saying he hopes the people of Okinawa will take a similar step in the not-too-distant future to liberate themselves from American colonists and their Japanese minions perhaps in one go. He doesn't specialize in anthropology. So I think this is the best thing we can expect from Mr. Koide.
Aside from these offline responses, two American gentlemen expressed their thoughts online. As usual I learned a lot from their ways of viewing the situation facing us today. Admittedly, though, I got the impression that they are more or less at a loss over what exactly to make of the cracks showing everywhere in the post-WWII regime embodied in the United Nations and the European Union.
It seems to me that in the West, nobody can foretell what the geopolitical landscape will look like after the imminent collapse of the American Empire, perhaps with the exceptions of these mentally-retarded doomsayers and our poor friend Ching Chong Chang.
But actually everybody should be able to envisage his future on his own, right or wrong. It's really amazing to know Obama, Merkel, or any other leader in the West, doesn't have the foggiest idea about what their follies will result in.
By contrast, Vladimir Putin seems to have a brain which isn't that empty. Recently when asked if he thinks we are witnessing Cold War II in the wake of the turmoils in Crimea, Ukraine and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Russian President said:
"Nyet. In those days, Russia and America differed ideologically, but today we differ philosophically."
I think he's absolutely right.
In the last 238 years in America, and in the last 69 years in the rest of the world, people have taken it for granted that they are endowed with something "inalienable" which they are taught to call "natural rights."
It has never crossed their minds that Thomas Jefferson borrowed the "self-evident" and superstitious idea from John Locke simply because he thought it was a killer phrase that justified the killings of 25,000 Americans and 24,000 Britons in the American Revolutionary War.
Perhaps it was a valid idea for the propaganda to beautify their brutality, but not anymore. Now it justifies absolutely nothing.
Toward the end of WWII, it belatedly dawned on them that natural rights are not really natural. If the phrase should be interpreted to mean the rights to "Life, Liberty, and Property" as Locke put it, it is more applicable to animals than to human beings. In fact, it's purely an artificial thing invented by not-so-intelligent guys such as Locke and Jefferson.
But instead of going through a thorough soul-searching, people decided to reword the same old idea as human-rights.
The enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the U.S. further aggravated the situation. Now the pathological obsession with human-rights has turned into a diversity cult which has absolutely nothing to do with Putin's philosophy. Even these anti-Semitic idiots who call themselves truth-seekers invariably base their delusive conspiracy theories on a childish premise that it constitutes an unforgivable crime to deprive someone of his "inalienable" right.
But the fact of the matter remains that throughout the prolonged American Century, practically all Americans and most West Europeans enjoyed their natural rights sitting on the heaps of millions of Japanese, Vietnamese, Afghan and Iraqi corpses. Now they are standing on their empty heads. Never again will they become able to walk on their feet.
In recent years I've learned and relearned, through my first-hand experience with the gang of robbers at the tax-collecting department of Yokohama City Hall, that my constitutional rights are nothing but a castle in the air.
But nevertheless, I am very proud of being one of these level-headed and modest East Asians like Chen Tien-shi and Hiroaki Koide, who have never dreamed of taking away anything from anyone, or giving it back to him.
I think we owe this trait to Chinese thinker Confucius who said 修身斉家治国平天下 two-and-a-half millenniums ago.
The Catalans are the people who live in one of the wealthiest regions of a European country which supposedly upholds a traditional value system based on democracy and Christianity. · read more (31 words)
Thursday, October 30 2014 @ 03:33 AM EDT
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE YOU STOP TO THINK, AS WE ALWAYS PRACTICE HERE, RATHER THAN STOP THINKING. BEWARE NO ONE CAN DO THE THINKING ON YOUR BEHALF. Catalonia Update November 6:
It seems Artur Mas' "watered-down" plan has been thwarted once again by the Constitutional Court. It's a déjà vu of the failed attempt of the Basque people six years ago. Just like the Basques did in 2010, the Catalans will hear "the European Court of Human Rights" repeat the same nonsense that the Spanish government had not violated the European Convention on Human Rights. Once again this will discredit the legitimacy of the entire European Union.
But I'm reasonably sure it doesn't make a bit of difference to Catalans' quest. The Mediterranean canaries will never forget the song they sang under the rule of Francisco Franco. Catalonia is like Scotland, but Spain is not like Great Britain. - Josep-Lluis Carod-Rovira, Former Vice President of the Catalan Government
On October 14 Catalan President Artur Mas announced the vote planned for November 9 would be downgraded to a legally nonbinding "public consultation" in response to the ruling by the Spanish Constitutional Court that the previously planned referendum on independence was unconstitutional,
Catalans demanding a referendum on independence
Tens of thousands of stupid students in Hong Kong have started "Umbrella Revolution" defying the teaching of Mr. Mao that a revolution is no picnic
In mid-September so many outsiders were up to pointless discussion over the Scottish referendum on the secession. Now the same ignorant people are saying essentially the same thing about where the Catalans are heading.
What I've heard from these self-styled political analysts and makeshift economists is split in two ways.
While some of them knowingly say Catalonia as an independent state would not be a viable economy, some others argue that the November 9 vote will certainly be rigged by the Madrid government because the financial crisis facing it would further deepen if the pro-independence Catalans should win.
To these thinking-disabled eunuchs, what's going on between Madrid and Barcelona is little more than a neighborhood squabble between a married couple who are on the verge of filing for divorce.
You may call their distorted view American cynicism. But I'm inclined to call it premature senility, the intractable mental illness caused by the total absence of creative mind.
However they may look to be divided over the issue, it all comes down to one and the same self-fulfilling prophecy projected to the Catalans: "Nothing will happen in November or any other point in time, in Catalonia or anywhere else." This is the same, old Zeno's nightmarish world of dichotomy which made them brush it aside when I wrote about a new sociopolitical model. They didn't give me a single specific reason why they thought it was a pipe dream to envision something that even the empty-headed punk named Mark Zuckerberg could have done in a matter of a year or two.
From generation to generation, they have taken it for granted that the American way of thinking, or to be more precise, shuffling information on an ear-to-mouth basis, should prevail all over the world. Since their childhood, they have been indoctrinated to believe in the immutable truth of the post-WWII regime which is embodied in the Charter of the United Nations. Actually I see a clear manifestation of a fatal birth defect in the 69-year-old U.N. constitution which is filled with empty promises about "the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples."
It's incredible to see more than 190 nation-states still keep dancing with the dead body as if to sanitize and authenticate their collusive allegiance to the U.S. government and the brain-dead people who have chosen to support it by their inaction.
Hong Kong is the most recent example although it isn't directly represented in the U.N. Having lived under the 1.5-century-long British rule, the Hong Kongers have been colonized to the marrow. In March 2013, a stupid guy named Benny Tai Yiu-ting founded an organization childishly named Occupy Central with Love and Peace. If I understand it correctly, the goal the OCLP single-mindedly seeks is the introduction of universal suffrage in the process for the election of Hong Kong's chief executive. (How modest!) They blindly believe in the crap which Americans and their minions call democracy.
The most important thing to note is that Catalonia is not a Hong Kong. There's absolutely nothing in common between the two regions.
Hong Kongers in and around the OCLP aren't seeking independence from the world's second largest economy. They know there's no such thing as an independence movement that isn't unconstitutional, but it's out of the question for these mentally inert and physically lazy kids to take painstaking steps to go extra-constitutional.
On the contrary, the Catalan separatists, like any other like-minded people in a nation-state, are NOT PROTESTING against anything. That's why they don't expect anyone to approve, let alone disapprove, their aspiration.
As I've said many times before, one's creative endeavor always involves two steps. The first thing he's got to do is to dissociate himself from the old link. Only then he can establish a new association. And that's what the Catalans are doing right now.
Maybe their goal has something to do with self-determination. But the real question is exactly WHAT they want to determine on their own and specifically HOW they are going to pursue it. As is often true with the pursuit of a creative goal, even the pro-independence Catalans don't seem to know the answer themselves.
In this connection, some American visitors to my website still owe me their answers to my questions. One of the questions I've asked them is how the Americans can claim to have the moral authority on which to label these Jihadists of the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) "terrorists" just because they beheaded some Western hostages. Their ancestors killed at least 24,000 Britons to liberate themselves from the British rule. And in the last seven decades, they have lived easy lives on the heaps of millions of Japanese, Vietnamese, Afghan and Iraqi corpses.
They certainly know how to sidestep a serious challenge such as mine. Most typically they make believe they didn't hear me. But sometimes they resort to the absurd myth that just like Mahatma Gandhi, alone, could make India an independent state in 1948, Martin Luther King, Jr., alone or backed by the entire black population, could bring about what Americans wrongly call "equality" and "justice" with his highly-touted nonviolence principle.
I don't think there's a good reason to believe a cultural revolution should always be bloodless. Who knows if someone in his right mind stakes his life on an artistic creation or extralegal advocacy?
By now I have tentatively concluded that political or economic independence of the Catalans is the smallest part of their bid. (See NOTE.) They are well aware that since there already are 200 too many "modern" nation-states in this world, it doesn't make a bit of sense to add another micro-nation to the list. Presumably that's why Artur Mas thinks the symbolic vote which will most probably take place on November 9 will still make a significant difference to the lives of the 7.5 million Catalan individuals.
NOTE: This needs a further discussion. But in the interim, I think it's theoretically possible for you, for instance, to be a French politically and at the same time a German economically. In reality, too, the multiple nationality of this kind has already proved workable to a certain extent in Europe. Most importantly, if we intended to fully exploit the leading-edge web-based technologies, we should be able to change our nationality back and forth between two or more with a single click of the mouse. The only problem lies with the fact that people are scared to death of real change.
Obviously one of the things the pro-independence Catalans are concerned about is the fact that their ethnic identity has started to wane as the Catalan language is quickly becoming obsolete in schools or elsewhere. This is quite natural because a language is the most important vehicle on which to share different ideas among community members.
At least in that respect, the same problem faces the Okinawans. Recently UNESCO has stepped up its drive to prevent ethnic languages around the world from going extinct. To that end the international body has added the standard Ryukyu language and its six dialects (奄美語, 国頭語, 宮古語, 八重山語, 与那国語, 八丈語) to the long list of "endangered languages."
The Japanese, who are known for their insatiable desire for international recognition, must have appreciated the move at UNESCO had it not been for the fact that their government has been trying to exterminate these languages, in order to expedite assimilation, since the annexation of the Rtykyu Kingdom in the 1870s.
Beware, though, we should keep in mind that these busybodies in UNESCO are virtually on the payroll of Washington.
As I have repeatedly warned in this website since 2008, ideas and words are inseparable twins. There's no such thing as a creative idea expressed in worn-out words, or brilliant words to express a mediocre idea. UNESCO's effort to preserve the endangered languages just for preservation's sake is yet another cheap trick to contain the colonials in the status quo of Pax Americana.
You can't keep the language alive if you've kill the thought beforehand. That is why I didn't bother to go over the long list to find out if the Catalan language, which is a branch of Romansch, was considered to fall on that category.
It goes without saying that in music or any other art form, there is the same interdependency between the message and the medium with which to convey it. And from a broader perspective, we can see a similar relationship between the end and means practically in all human activities, including science, business and politics.
Two weeks or so ago I hit another gold vein in the Google junkyard. When I was looking around for pieces of information that would help me understand what's really going on in the half-autonomous region of the Kingdom of Spain, I came across dozens of videos of a 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist and vocalist named Andrea Motis as exemplified at the bottom of this post.
I was struck by Motis, but at the same time I was deeply impressed by another multi-instrumentalist named Joan Chamorro who has been mentoring Motis since she was in her early teens.
I have also been acting as a self-appointed adviser to half-a-dozen young musicians, including members of the band organized by my biological son since I called it a career some eight years ago.
Like I've said many times, creativity creates itself when dissociative spontaneity meets associative discipline in a person. And the single most important role for a mentor to play with his mentee is to expedite this process.
Time and again I've learned easier said than done in this country. As you may know, in the last one-and-a-half centuries, constant bastardization of Western ideas at all levels has turned this country into a cultural junkyard.
With all this in mind, I viewed Motis videos in the chronological sequence. And now I've found out that this mentor-mentee relationship between the two gifted musicians might not have developed the way it did had it not been for the cultural climate of Catalonia. Now I knew this is exactly what Catalan's bid is all about.
If you are an American, you may say, "This young lady plays fairly well these musical pieces written by American composer Jimmy McHugh. But her English pronunciation is not always perfect."
I'm afraid you are mistaken. This is Catalan jazz and the words are sung in standard Catalan English which sounds greater than "Japlish" or even American English.
It's about time you should know the American Century is long over now. Outside the Pacific-rim region, not a few people, who "go on creating themselves endlessly" as Henri Bergson would describe them, have already chosen to break away from the orbit around the Planet of the Apes. Eventually that will leave the East Korean macaques all by themselves desperately clinging to the path to ruin. · read more (456 words)