Class War in the Cultist-Dominated World
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
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.
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.
No matter which class Goddess Nike may eventually decide to side with, I don't care too much because I have fond memories of dozens of unassimilable people which I'll treasure until the second-to-last day of my life. They made my life really worth living with their creative attitude toward life. I owe them much more than I could possibly repay. ·