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Resonance with a Siberian tigress

Anna’s husband seems to be a photographer. But I hope he would give me a permission for using this lovely picture here.

Last evening I attended one of those meetups held in this neighborhood heeding Jake’s kind suggestion. I'd felt I was badly in need of an intelligent and cheerful companion to overcome the geriatric depression which kept worsening not without good reasons.

There I stumbled on a young Slavic lady wearing a red sweater. Her bright eyes somehow reminded me of a Siberian tigress, a friendly one. She fully met my criteria.

Her name is Anna. She and I talked for more than an hour over glasses of oolong tea. I was impressed to find out she always had something to say more than just yes or no on the wide range of topics, from Vladimir Putin, to Joseph Stalin, to Andrei Panin, to linguistics (she’s at least quadrilingual,) to music of all genres.

As I wrote in my blog late last year, I admire the Russian people at large for their undaunted optimism.

If you watch a Russian movie or read a Russian novel, you will almost always come across a particularly Russian line spoken to someone in trouble:

Всё будет хорошо.

This sentence is literally translated like “Everything will be alright.” But in a typical Russian context, it means something else. When an American says these words, it’s little more than an empty promise or a lip service he is good at because he doesn’t know exactly how it will turn out OK, if ever it will, unless he is the author of the story. On the other hand, when a Russian says these words, he knows it MUST be alright because each individual citizen in Russia is the author of his/her own life.

Those who still remain prisoners of ideologies such as democracy or totalitarianism will never find it agreeable. But this is a deliberate statement I want to make after dealing with the predominantly-American audience of my blog for more than 12 years.

It's Anna's realistically optimistic attitude toward life that resonated with me so deeply. ·

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Resonance with a Siberian tigress
Authored by: samwidge on Sunday, October 16 2016 @ 12:13 AM JST

In all the years that I have known about you and admired you, you have always been grumpy. It seems to me that you have always admitted to being grumpy. I see more increasingly that you are right in being grumpy.

In this article you share a disturbing but correct idea; You accuse people like me of being "... prisoners of ideologies such as democracy or totalitarianism... ." Here in the United States we are trained to believe that our flavor of government is the best one so far. There were once plenty of reasons to believe this but today the mindset keeps us from respecting and understanding the peoples of other lands. It allows our Left-Wing Extremists to offend and disturb us. We are bollixed and can no longer respond logically.

In my Montana hometown of Missoula we have people trying to force large numbers of potentially violent Muslim refugees on us. In pushing acceptance, the Left-Wing Extremists are doing everything they can to prevent discussion of our concerns. They "protest" and try hard to stop public meetings." They surround people entering our meeting places and show posters accusing them of absurd offenses claiming that we are racists, anti-refugee and haters. Attempts at intimidation are grand and expensive. They do all this without having heard the discussions.

A famous physicist, I believe it was William Shockley, came to Missoula back in the 1960s to give a lecture on his marvelous new inventions in the field of transistors. Because he was also considered a racist, perhaps incorrectly, demonstrators prevented him from speaking. Thus a significant number of people were kept from this free gift of learning.

Yes. Всё будет хорошо. “Everything will be alright.” Or at least, things will be alright until after you and I are dead. We can ask for more but I suppose that we cannot expect more.

If I had one wish it would be to find a place where I can meet new people with intelligent, fresh ideas, just as you do. I hope you can again meet with Anna and talk so freely.
Resonance with a Siberian tigress
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Sunday, October 16 2016 @ 10:12 PM JST

My online/offline regulars have said over and over and over that I’m a grumpy blogger. But as I’ve told them over and over and over, I’ve never grumbled about anything at least since I fired the empty-headed ideologue named Chang as my mentor in 2009.

Then am I happy with what they “think” is widespread injustice? This question makes no sense at all because it’s a delusion to see injustice everywhere whereas nowhere in the real world I see injustice, let alone justice.

These 12-year-old grownups still live in a fantasy world where the eternal battle is being fought between villains and heroes such as Superman. On this absurd assumption they’ve never failed to warn this old heretic: “It’s useless to take part in the endless war against injustice. What you really need is a distraction.”

No thanks. I’ve already have too many distractions from the real issue.

As I’ve told them over and over and over, the only real issue is how to develop creative mind within ourselves. That is the only way to distinguish ourselves from the ape.

Actually I’ve suffered from “repetition fatigue.” And yet I feel obliged to repeat what I’ve said 100 times (not a hyperbole) to reciprocate your longtime patronage of this website. Let me give it a try.

People are used to responding or reacting to what someone else says or does. By doing so they degrade themselves to apes. Most typically they agree or disagree to my argument, or choose to remain somewhere in between.

As I’ve said over and over and over, to think is to ask a question, not to give an answer to a question given by someone else.

Voltaire is quoted as having said, “Judge a man by his question rather than his answer.”

Management guru Peter F. Drucker repeatedly wrote to this effect:

“Giving a wrong answer (solution) to the right question (problem) is much better than giving the correct answer (solution) to a wrong question (problem.)”

Drucker was referring mainly to the practices of Japan Inc. which were once touted as the secrets behind Japan’s phenomenal rise in the 1960s to 1980s, including “Kaizen,” TQC, and “Kanban” (Just-in-Time Inventory Management System started by Toyota.) These “bottom-up” approach proved nothing more than the fact that the Japanese are geniuses in giving the correct answer to a given question. When it comes to asking questions, they are all “tard.”

In short:


One year or so ago, I once again worked on the gap analysis about the seemingly unbridgeable chasm between TokyoFreePress and its audience. This time I tried to quantify it to be scientific as much as possible.

At first I thought about using a trigonometric method for my audience (which is shifting toward better-focused groups of people such as Vietnamese, but still remains predominantly-American,) me, and the ape. More specifically I planned to compare the brainwaves of the 3 specimens.

But I had to give it up when I learned from the Primate Research Institute attached to Kyoto University that it's technically not as easy as we think to measure the patterns of Alpha, Beta, Delta and Theta waves of apes in the state of wakefulness because you can't keep them motionless when they are awake.

I had to settle for a less scientific method of comparing the mental attitudes toward Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique,” the 1963 book which along with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ideologized what shouldn't have been ideologized, and thus made the Americans thinking-disabled.

Finally I came up with an idea that the bible of the Women’s Lib movement and what I call “The Feminine Resonance” would give me a reasonably accurate scale when analyzing the yawning gap between my audience and me.

Needless to say I have never been a sexist, nor anti-sexist.

Several posts still remain in the draft folder. But hopefully I can finalize and upload some of them before the time comes.

BTW: Anna is the latest addition to my short friend list on the Zuckerberg Nursery School.
Resonance with a Siberian tigress
Authored by: samwidge on Monday, October 17 2016 @ 12:03 AM JST

When I give talks I tell the people that an answer is one gift. A question is one billion gifts --It starts the mind.

You may quote me.

Thanks for the many questions you ask here.
Resonance with a Siberian tigress
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Monday, October 17 2016 @ 12:15 AM JST

Thanks. We seem to be closer now.

But the important point is that to me an answer can't be a gift.

It's always a SHACKLE for a creative mind.