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Sequel to my ordeal with unprincipled people


This may catch you off guard, but let me ask you something:

"WHO ARE YOU?"

You wonder what the hell this has to do with the issue at hand.

When starting a new thread, I always redefine myself because without knowing who is talking to whom and over exactly what issue, there's no point in blogging. In this context I think it will be nice if you ask yourself the same question: "Who am I?"

Before starting this inner process, I always empty myself because at any given time the inside of my brain looks very much like the cache memory after a lot of Googling. Actually this is the hardest part of the exercise. But never expect an exotic routine such as zazen or yoga to work its magic. Most of the time it's an Oriental rubbish invented by the Americans. I suspect you might as well empty your wallet as I always do.

I don't want to look at your personal profile you disclosed when you signed up to Facebook. I don't have access to Facebook pages in the first place simply because I'm not a kindergarten kid. Neither do I want to know your political ideology and religious faith because I know these are, at best, a jumbled manifestation of poorly-defined ideas you cherry-picked from your cache memory. Most of the time, they are delusions. Needless to say I'm not interested, either, in knowing who you are NOT (e.g. "I'm not a bigot like you," or, "I'm not a naysayer like you.")

All I need to know is your own principle on which you base what you say and do.

Now I am getting back to my principles on which I deal with the Constitution and laws subordinated to it.

The Japanese always think laws govern them, making believe they don't notice it's actually the other way around. Take their postwar Constitution for example. As a result of their inverted attitude toward laws in general, they have ambivalent feelings about their Constitution, which is based on three principles: pacifism, equality, and most importantly reciprocity between the state and its people.

Its Article 9 famously says: "The Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes." The Japanese traditionally think the right to independence and freedom is a gift from heaven just like the Constitution which was given by MacArthur. The last thing they would do to gain the sovereign right is to risk their lives in a bloody war. That's basically why they have never seriously thought about amending it. And that's why the pro-amendment movements which have lasted almost a half century by now are still getting nowhere.

Every time Chinese vessels take an excursion in the disputed waters surrounding Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, they feel chagrined because all they are allowed to do under the pacifist Constitution is to verbally warn they should stay away from the "Japanese territory" and sometimes to resort to the use of their ultimate weapons, i.e. water cannons.

It's on these occasions when the pro-amendment camps raise their voices. Their rationale always comes down to the "fact" that the Constitution is illegitimate because it was imposed on the Japanese by Douglas MacArthur. They opportunistically look away from the real fact that it was the Japanese people who swallowed everything the U.S. wanted them to swallow. I couldn't care less, though; it's now Ishihara's baby. (See FOOTNOTE.)

At this moment the equality principle is much more relevant to me. Time and again I've seen the same hypocrisy in their contradictory attitudes toward the principle. On the surface, equality is the element which is the most congruous with the egalitarian obsession prevalent in this classless society for more than a millennium. But these vassals and serfs in the feudal society of the 21st century have failed to understand what it should mean in a modern civil society. The reason for the failure is because the brand new rule of reciprocity to be applied between the rights and duties of the people is too foreign to the Japanese society which is governed by some extralegal entity.

To the Japanese, compassion, benevolence and mercy for the disabled or the aged are something to be bestowed upon them, normally with a silky voice that sets your teeth on edge, by
お上, Okami or "someone from above." The real implication here is that if you insist on your natural rights as I always do, it constitutes an unpardonable crime.

One case in point is my wheelchair-bound daughter-in-law who suffers a rare disease named Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. As I observe, her psychosomatic disorder is more or less fake. Actually doctors haven't found a single organic failure behind all these pains she complains about day in, day out and around the clock, and her repeated attempts of parasuicide. In short she's a wreck, body and soul. But thanks to the efforts made by her husband, CRPS is now designated by the municipality as a refractory illness which makes its sufferers eligible for a special pension for the disabled.

Now my estranged daughter-in-law, who is still in her early-40s, is receiving a handsome amount of annuity which by far exceeds mine as if I haven't paid the premiums for the pension and healthcare insurance throughout my 50-year career, which are 20- to 30-times larger than hers at their present values. Besides, it's totally tax-exempt.

The privileged status is given to her simply because she is an ideal citizen in this sick nanny state. But I never want to become a well-off zombie like this woman at the cost of my dignity.

I wrote my story about a local news reporter "AK" in my previous entry. She is about the age of the woman in a wheelchair but not handicapped physically. But now I've learned she is yet another "presstitute." That means she is mentally impaired, seriously so.

Thanks to the thoughtful feedback I received from my friends, both online and offline, my hypertension subsided for a while. But the day before yesterday, someone else sent my blood pressure soaring high once again. I had to visit another mentally-impaired woman at the tax-collecting department of the ward office to follow up a memo I'd sent her a week or so earlier. Now it was increasingly obvious that the bitch won't be convinced I can't pay taxes until she actually finds my corpse somewhere at the seaside with her own eyes. So I wrote in the letter: "I'm literally getting killed by the city hall, but make no mistake, you've got to risk your own lives if you want to go further ahead to claim mine." Strangling me slowly as if with a silk cord, if not quickly with a rope, is exactly what they've been doing in the last 18 months. But she still didn't take me seriously because as anybody who knows me in person can tell, I don't look like a killer.

It's when I stepped out of the ward office building that I realized my pill case was already empty despite my effort to take a dose of the anti-hypertension drug only when it looks absolutely necessary. I directed my steps to Dr. Shiono's clinic which sits a couple of blocks away from the ward office.

When I dropped by his office, he had just wound up his lunch recess during which he was listening to music. He got a lot of suntan because every weekend during the long summer, he'd had fun doing cruising, swimming and bodyboarding with his son and wife. As usual we talked about music much more than about blood pressure.

I said to him, "I sometimes think a good musical piece such as Brahms's No. 4 Symphony has a more therapeutic power for hypertension than ex-Forge pills you prescribe for me." Nodding approvingly, he made me wear a pair of headphones and played a couple of newly-purchased CDs for me. After I listened to some passages from Bach's partita and violin sonata played by Glenn Gould and Hilary Hahn, I felt like my blood pressure had come down by 30-40mm Hg.

With his disarming grin, he went on to talk about his parents. Both of them were among the Class of 1959 at Toho Gakuen Shool of Music, the same class Seiji Ozawa also belonged. And in turn the maestro was among the same Class of 1954 at the junior and senior high schools I was in. So we have a lot in common to talk about although Dr. Shiono is younger than my elder son. His father was a professional piano tuner but died of cerebral hemorrhage when he was in his early-50s. The 77-year-old widow is still teaching the piano. He said, "You said you love Brahms. This reminds me of something. When I was a high school student, my mom kept telling me to listen to Brahms, Brahms, and Brahms. That was too much for a kid of the rock generation. That's why I chose a medical career over music. Now I do appreciate Brahms, if you are curious about that."

Thanks to the music and the doctor who apparently knows who he is, I could pull myself together once again and renew my vigor to fight on for my right to "maintain the minimum standards of wholesome and cultured living," as Article 25 stipulates, and more importantly, for the principle embodied in my own constitution.

Earlier this year in the U.S., an astounding 40,000 mostly unconstitutional laws were enacted just in a matter of weeks. At that time the late Ron Paul was saying he would have them all repealed as the president.

In comparison, the number of laws, bylaws and ordinances enacted by the Japanese lawmakers is 100-times smaller. It should also be noted that they are more careful than their American counterparts about the constitutionality of a new legislation presumably because the three branches of the government are not independent from one another as they are supposed to be.

At any rate, however, the lower "productivity" of the Japanese legislators does not indicate that Japan is a little healthier country than America. The widespread notion that Japan is under the rule of law is totally baseless because traditionally what governs this country is something other than written laws. That's why the legislative branch here does not have to massproduce laws, constitutional or not.

The sheepish people here are too used to being governed by an extralegal entity to govern themselves. As a result, even well-educated people such as my former friend "AK" don't need any principle on which to conduct themselves.

Small wonder anyone can't tell WHO HE REALLY IS. He is just yet another Japanese conformist who mindlessly goes with the flow.




FOOTNOTE: The day before yesterday, Shintaro Ishihara announced he would quit as Tokyo Governor right away and prematurely as if to admit the high-paying position wasn't necessary from the beginning to govern the capital city. The 80-year-old super idiot said he wanted to make a comeback to the state-level politics in order to pursue his absurd cause of a constitutional amendment. Ishihara should know that although he can possibly change the Constitution, that won't make a bit of difference because these brainless and spineless people will never change.
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Sequel to my ordeal with unprincipled people
Authored by: Diogenes on Saturday, October 27 2012 @ 06:47 AM CDT
After I read your Article 9, my first thought was of a dog or wolf in a pack. The weakest one always rolls over on its back in submission to the Alpha male, exposing its underbelly. I would say that the early stage of Kurosawa’s film “The Seven Samurai” captures this defeatist attitude perfectly. A farmer carrying wood spots the brigands that annually plunder the village. They are surveying the status of the rice harvest. He runs to the village to warn everyone. However, rather than saying screw the bastards, the villagers sit around and weep and wail, with both the men and women threatening to commit seppuku rather than fight to the death with the hope that the gods may intervene and allow them to win. This is the same weakness that we see in Asian countries that are predominantly Buddhist and are being oppressed by their governments. What form of rebellion do these monks enact? Why, to set themselves on fire, of course. Since the majority of people in positions of power are psychopaths, murder by suicide is their preferred method to eliminate their enemies.

Your thought about why the pro-amendment movement is doomed to fail is a classic example of the success of mind control. Steven Biko, a South African black that was murdered by the apartheid government forces, said it best with “The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” Sun Tzu would have nodded in agreement. No Poncho Villa and his, “Better to die on your feet than live on your knees,” for these puppies on their backs.

I used to think that the masses in any country would eventually fight back if pushed far enough. I now wonder if this is just an illusion on my part. So far, I see no evidence of that essential dignity. It only exists in my magical thinking mind. Perhaps Pavlov and B.F. Skinner were right. Like dogs, humans CAN BE conditioned to do just about anything their masters want. History shows irrefutable evidence that this is true.
Sequel to my ordeal with unprincipled people
Authored by: Diogenes on Saturday, October 27 2012 @ 07:37 AM CDT
Here we see ongoing evidence of fake Buddhists being induced to murder by suicide.

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/world/Tibetan+week+dies+after+setting+himself+fire+western+China/7456142/story.html

And it will accomplish virtually zero, nothing. I rest my case.
Sequel to my ordeal with unprincipled people
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Saturday, October 27 2012 @ 08:31 AM CDT

Thanks for your comment on the Kurosawa film and the link to the Vancouver Sun.

My way of comparing Japan with China is a little different. I think the dead country (Japan) differs from its big brother (China) mainly in two points.

1. In recent years in China, hundreds of riots occur every day. Blind people like Chang see in the social unrest a sign of the coming collapse of China. But to me this is an unmistakable sign that these vigorous people will prevent their nation from collapsing so easily. On the other hand what are the Japanese people doing? They go frenzied at the news that Apple announced iPhone5 or Microsoft released Windows 8.

2. The Japanese government has already fallen apart as you would notice if you lived here. But the Chinese leaders are not that brainless and spineless. The outgoing leader Hu Jintao, for one, was elevated to the presidency in 2002 primarily because he mercilessly cracked down on Tibetan separatists during his tenure as the Communist Party's Regional Committee Secretary of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. I'm not particularly in favor of his method (massacre), but at least he is not a defeatist like Japanese prime ministers.

I don't think China is done for.

Yu Yamamoto
Sequel to my ordeal with unprincipled people
Authored by: samwidge on Saturday, October 27 2012 @ 08:58 AM CDT

I see the conundrum behind the concept of "pacifist." It is unfortunate!

In the states, our pacifists cause plenty of unjust death. They do so with extraordinary arrogance and hate. It is the most deceitful kind of wars.

Very unfortunate.

To "forever renounce war" is another strange idea. You and I can easily understand how and why the phrase came into existence. Nonetheless, it is time to shorten "forever" to a few weeks.

I had to think hard about your concept of, "the lower 'productivity' of Japanese legislators." The Conservatives of my land consider holding back and preventing new laws as very productive. This nation is inundated with restrictions, demands and legislated speech. We Right-Wingers are not eager to have even one new law.

As always, you get me started thinking in hundreds of directions all at once. I thank you for that but, as I muse, I discover how weak I am at correcting anything. This week the most important thing I did was to call Bingo numbers for some crippled ladies in the retirement home where I live.

Perhaps next week I will be allowed to demonstrate card tricks to explain to Republicans just how they are fooled and outmaneuvered by Democrats in every election. Even that is relatively valueless as I won't be able to teach many and those who learn will not teach others.

We live on the treadmill of life. There is some truth to a comic expression said here; "My job is not to have high blood pressure. It is to give other people high blood pressure.

You are succeeding at that and occasionally you must be overachieving. I see no problem at all in your approach. You start people thinking.
Sequel to my ordeal with unprincipled people
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Saturday, October 27 2012 @ 09:31 AM CDT

samwidge,

Honestly, I have great difficulty figuring out how different the Republicans are from the Democrats. I still think they are the two wings of the same bird. And the late Ron Paul is the tail of the bird.

For one thing, both candidates talk about jobs as if jobs can be created out of thin air and they are just competing against each other in terms of which one does the hat trick more skillfully.

I was a seasoned businessman. So I can tell you can never create jobs artificially.

One more thing: I don't think I can get over my hypertension by passing it on to others. It's like you can't recover from a bad flu by spreading viruses all over.

Yu Yamamoto
Sequel to my ordeal with unprincipled people
Authored by: samwidge on Sunday, October 28 2012 @ 07:45 AM CDT
You did it again!

Every time you write something, you bring up thousands of interesting ideas, things that ought to be shared and studied.

Your thoughts on not seeing differences between Democrats and Republicans deserves many responses: I cannot tell the difference between a girl mosquito and a boy mosquito but the girl and boy mosquitoes get it figured out. It is understandable that you see no differences between Democrats and Republicans but we can detect the differences on sight alone.

Obviously, we Americans also observe the differences in positions on political things and the nature of family. It is becoming increasingly clear that some people are just born as Democrats and others are born as Republicans and many of each will stay that way for the duration of each life. It is likely that these same differences exist in every society and, in some cases, those differences are muted or masked.

In South America, their equivalents to our Democrats are famous for their many murders. In the States, we have had a few Republicans who committed murders and became famous for them as Republicans. A secret here is that our Democrat extremists (Left-Wing Extremists) have committed about as many murders as our Republican extremists and all have done so for widely divergent motivations. For reasons that are unclear, we simply do not discuss politically-motivated murders committed by Democrats, especially those committed by Democrats in office.

It is those fine-point distinctions that I earnestly wish to understand. It is not merely the divergence that matters but, more important, the predictability. If we knew the reasons behind this behavior we might improve our behavior.

Our Democrats want a world-nation in which everybody gets along and nobody but some government somewhere else makes decisions, a government without input. Our Republicans want a nation of productive individuals willing to nurture productive individuality in every person everywhere.

Our Democrats want mandated universal charity. Our Republicans want the dignity of secret charity.

I suspect that you find these differences in your own society. There you probably label the extremes of these as insanity or avarice.

You have twice spoken of the "late" Ron Paul. I am not aware that he is dead. Perhaps you refer to him in the sense that he is not likely to win our election. That much is certainly valid. I view Congressman Paul's contribution as being a change in the nature of public understanding of national financial responsibility. It is doubtful that anyone really expected him to win an election.

For Paul to win the election is not really important. An election gets only four-years. The Paul change in our attitude will last far beyond his own life.
Sequel to my ordeal with unprincipled people
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Sunday, October 28 2012 @ 02:09 PM CDT

samwidge:

I didn't ask my audience, "Who are you?" without purpose.

For instance, are you, samwidge, a mosquito by any chance? My basic assumption is that we principled people are all human beings discussing issues facing human beings.

Another thing I noticed is that you neither agreed, nor disagreed to my argument that jobs cannot be created out of thin air. Equally important, jobs are none of president's business except when he intentionally creates destructive jobs, rather than constructive ones, in the military and the military-industrial complex.

Since May I've always referred to the Texas Congressman as "the late Ron Paul" simply because he is dead as a human being. He may have been reborn as a mosquito, or better yet a cricket, to sing the same old tune about civil liberty, but I don't care. The American people let him die the way he did.

Yu Yamamoto