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Class War in the Cultist-Dominated World


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.

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. ·

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Class War in the Cultist-Dominated World
Authored by: Diogenes on Sunday, November 30 2014 @ 08:43 PM JST
In this exposure piece, what I'm seeing is the description of a society that all former rituals that were at one time meaningful are now meaningless. This is a description of a mass of people following dead rituals, but they are hoping to find one that might trigger an emotional response. I'd say now that it's more like following the latest fad—everyone's doing it, so I should do it, too.

Frankly, it's no different in the U.S. I doubt that, with a few exceptions, there is anywhere on this earth where a group of people truly have cast iron conviction about any form of ritual or one associated with a religious practice. It's almost impossible to have a conviction about damn near anything today. You mentioned the young boxer previously. I look at that kind of determination and the necessary strong conviction as strange. I couldn't see myself dedicated to such a grueling and punishing ritual. I'm talking about the training, and then the beating one gets in an actual fight. Why? I did several long bicycle rides, some over 1,000 miles in two weeks. On reflection, as grueling as it was, especially the Oregon coast with all its up and down hill climbs and descents, it now seems pointless.

I suppose the Japanese people are no different than those Mayans that were Christianized--their bloody sacrifices atop the raised alters ended—it must have been traumatic for them. That meaningful and brutal act, canceled by the invaders, had to have had profound shock to most of them. The extracted hearts, still beating, was an offering to this angry god that demanded a sacrifice to keep the sun rising. Perhaps the spirits of those ghouls that lived then and inhabited the perpetrators are reborn in serial killers in the U.S. and other locations.

Where there's a power vacuum, someone will move to fill it. It's usually a psychopath, which we seem to have no shortage of these days. Thus, to have a cult, you need a cult leader. A leader NEEDS that position, and the followers, no matter how few or many, have a need for the leader. It's a symbiotic relationship—one neurosis feeds the other. The leader seems to know that he needs to portray himself as a willing host, luring in the needy, parasitic followers that gratefully attach themselves to him as an infant settles down after finding the breast.

But these relationships never last. The leader's peccadilloes always emerge eventually, and his fraud gets exposed. Many will quit the cult, but those that have the greatest need will stay. I witnessed this in a cult that I was in. It was the old story of the “master” being a not so secret sexual predator and, in some cases, a rapists that was never reported to the police. Why? Because he was the exalted one, and so some made the excuses to themselves, expressed to others, that this was his “teaching.” Right. Others left in disgust and filled with deep feelings of betrayal. But who betrayed whom? The minute you submit to anyone, put yourself in someone else's control of your soul, you have willingly placed yourself at the table where Damocles' Sword is hanging above your head.

This leads us back to the dilemma. We all live in societies that are devoid of ritual processes that are deeply ingrained in our souls. Science and the modern society's attractions have hypnotized us away from even experiencing the pull of that emptiness that needs filling with something real, something absolutely genuine and can fill that need; that thing, whether a religion or a resolve like Ulysses had being tied to the mast while passing the Sirens. Until we find the coin that fits our personal nickelodeon, we will be castoffs, drifting in the sea, vulnerable to any person that claims to know the way, our way. Only we can decide that, and that's why were in such trouble.
Class War in the Cultist-Dominated World
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Sunday, November 30 2014 @ 09:34 PM JST

I appreciate your tough counterargument which is what it really is to me.

I think it will take me a couple of weeks to get back to you after fully digesting your points of argument.

Class War in the Cultist-Dominated World
Authored by: samwidge on Wednesday, December 03 2014 @ 01:35 PM JST

Mr Yamamoto, you have an uncommon view of people who believe.

Among Christians there is a great difference from one to the next as to what is required of them in their one, unifying Book. All are required to read, digest and make independent, personal decisions. Their thinking therefore is a very dynamic thing.

The dialogue among Christians and atheists is constant and loud, also... and healthy.

You said, "the real war is being fought between thinkers and believers." That might be true. And it might not be true. It does not seem like a war to me but friendly debate that keeps the human mind fresh. I "believe" that there would be little purpose in life without that dialogue.
Class War in the Cultist-Dominated World
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Wednesday, December 03 2014 @ 01:59 PM JST

By definition, to believe is to refuse dialogue whereas to think is to interact dialectically without RESORTING TO GUERRILLA TACTICS.

Thanks anyhow.
Class War in the Cultist-Dominated World
Authored by: Diogenes on Friday, December 05 2014 @ 05:58 AM JST
I used to believe as a child that there was an old, fat man in a red suit that had a sleigh powered by reindeer. Later on, I discovered that this image was stolen from an old Coca Cola ad.

I never “believed” in Jesus, God/god, or a Holy Trinity, at any time in my life. It just never entered my mind that such ideas were even worth a row of beans to even consider. Later on in life, now that I'm old, I can see where the ideas of an afterlife are appealing to those who are inching closer to the grave. Where did this belief in an afterlife originate? Well, it had to begin in the minds of ancient humans. Evidence shows it as far back as the time of Neanderthals that placed flowers in the graves of their dead, symbolic of the renewal of life.

The Christian religion originally embraced the concept of rebirth, but Constantine I's wife was a dirty leg, sleeping around, and feared she'd be reborn as some sort of beast, so she pressured him to outlaw it at the First Council of Nicea that he organized in 325 C.E. Rebirth is an Indian religious concept, which may have come from Buddhist missionaries and physicians sent out by Sri Lankan King Asoka. There's speculation that they got as far as the Middle East and Egypt in particular. Some evidence can be found in the Gnostic Gospels, writings found in the Nag Hammadi desert by a camel herder at an oasis in the 1940's. We find the Gospels of Thomas, Mary, and others deliberately left out by this first Council at Nicea. Later on, the vandals of Theodosius pillaged and burned all heretical documents not contained in the permanently fixed bible. In reading these previously hidden documents, one can taste the flavor of Buddhism quite clearly.

This leads on to a modern scholar in Denmark that puts forth the hypothesis that the so-called Old Testament was actually Buddhist scriptures written in code. It's very convincing.

The parallels are remarkable. Take the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, Holy Spirit in Christianity, and compare the Buddhist—Buddha, Dharma, Sanga. It seems things run in threes, like personal disasters.

Samwidge “believes.” What, exactly, is he believing? To quote mythologist Joseph Campbell, when asked by a Catholic priest if he had faith (was a believer), he responded, “Father, I don't want faith. I want experience.” Perhaps Samwidge is a Pentecostal, one that “believes” that when they go into their self-induced trances and speak in glossolalia (tongues), they are following the biblical story of the twelve disciples that had the “holy spirit” enter them, five weeks after Jesus died and rose to heaven.

Israeli archaeological researchers have done extensive study in an effort to discover if there was any geological evidence of certain givens in the bible, like: Exodus, where Moses delivered the Jews to the promised land, raising his staff and causing the Red Sea to part. Wrong! No evidence for that. What is the so-called “Wailing Wall” that all Jews go to to pray. It's a not Jewish created wall, but a Roman fortress wall. One could go on with these lies that are fed as myths to “believers,” but one must consider the quote taken from the book, “Revolt of the Masses” by Jose Ortega y Gasset.

“Take stock of those around you will...hear them talk in precise terms about themselves and their surroundings, which would seem to point to them having ideas on the matter. But to start to analyse those ideas and you will find that they hardly refer in any way the reality to which they refer, and if you go deeper you will discover there is not even an attempt to adjust the ideas to this reality. Quite the contrary: through these notions the individual is trying to cut off any personal vision of reality, of his own very life. For life is at the start a chaos in which one is lost. The individual suspects this, but he is frightened at finding himself face to face with this horrible reality, and tries to cover it over with a curtain of fantasy, where everything is clear. It does not worry him that his “ideas” are not true, he uses them as trenches for the defence of his existence, as scarecrows to frighten away reality.”

“Mrs. O’Kelly, do you believe in fairies?” “No, I don’t—but they’re there.”—Irish aphorism

In the end it's:

I am nowhere.
I've vanished in no land.
Nobody catches up with me.
Nothing will bring me back.

The Tsar Maiden --
Marina Tsvetaeva
Class War in the Cultist-Dominated World
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Friday, December 05 2014 @ 09:30 AM JST

I appreciate your comment very much.

To me anyone who isn't a
is a real
because a believer is a timid man who closes the door to frank and creative dialogue.

I was just watching the Italian film The Stranger which is an adaptation of Albert Camus' L’Étranger.

Actually I kept yawning all the time NOT because I don't understand Italian words or the Spanish subtitles but because I could tell what's going on in the screen as if it were a silent movie made by the idiot named Chaplin. It's as though the human language is a useless thing to these BELIEVERS in both camps of the Christian Cult - theists and atheists.

For almost 60 years, I've read almost all the works of the French author. Especially I've loved, in a way, reading L’Étranger, first in Japanese translation, and then more recently in Joseph Laredo's English version (The Outsider.)

In your comment on my post, you talked about the meaninglessness of man's life, which Camus termed absurdité. As I promised in my tentative reply, I'll soon come back to you on this point, perhaps by posting another piece dealing with Camus, especially his "philosophical" works such as Myth of Sisyphus and The Rebel.

Camus was an intriguing writer. On the one hand, he was an avowed hedonist who loved sports, especially soccer, and swimming under the Mediterranean sunshine with his girlfriends. I've always been favorably impressed by this part of Camus.

But I've always found the other side of him a little sickening because as the monologue of Meursault, the protagonist, in the last chapter of The Outsider unmistakably indicates, he was a masochist, or a defeatist. I think this trait stemmed from his atheism.

An atheist is a man who BELIEVES in the nonexistence of God.

I guess in Camus' days killing an Algerian in a hassle was an act of misdemeanor. So it's obvious Meursault was executed for his atheism, not for the murder. To me the never-ending infighting between two groups of cultists, one believing in the existence of God, the other believing in the absence of God, is what the Italian movie is all about. This is what makes Luchino Visconti's film so yawnful, and sometimes even nauseating.

The Italian film makes Bjork's Dancer in the Dark look like a masterpiece, although it actually falls a little short of it. Some 10 years ago, when one of my girlfriends recommended it, I found the Danish film quite impressive, though.

Class War in the Cultist-Dominated World
Authored by: Diogenes on Friday, December 05 2014 @ 03:52 PM JST
Two final comments. The first, I will correct myself on which Roman Emperor banned the doctrine of "past lives" or reincarnation. It was Eastern Emperor Justinian.

[He ordered this ban during the Second Synod of Constantinople of 553 C.E., which decreed: "If anyone assert the fabulous pre-existence of souls and shall submit to the monstrous doctrine that follows from it, let him be anathema (excommunicated)." In deference to that decree, all but very veiled references to pre-existence were taken out of the Bible. Belief in pre-existence was declared heresy.] From: The Gods of Eden

Second, my recollection of the ending of "The Stranger/Outsider" was that he was found guilty because he refused to say that he loved his mother. That was how I remember the absurdity of the trial. It's been thirty years since I read it, so I could be off by miles.