So focused on a far off future that there never is a now.
Maybe blogs are easy because they are so much like talking to ourselves. We don’t need to worry about explanations to get points across because we can follow our own thoughts (usually).
Just got through a few servings of “Raw Like Sushi” today. Now I am starting to realize the extent to which this form of media has taken. Attracted to the light, I gravitated toward Loco and his solar system. Over the past two years, I believe I’ve witnessed the birth of a star that has burned oh so bright. Although that shining star is soon to implode, as it has been created as such. In the wake of such intense confessions, a lot has happened. What I find comforting is, that instead of a black hole, there is already a collection of planets that have come together through this nexus of sorts.
Reading a certain piece in the 1990’s helped me in dealing with a very non-sugarcoated reality. During the initial part of what I imagined was my short-term visit to Japan, I came across a book whose author I thought was too good to be true. Although I do not appreciate any of the work the guy has done since his Shadows of the Rising Sun: A Critical View of the Japanese Miracle, the writer makes what can be understood as astute observations. He cautions:
“I must warn those foreigners who wish to commit love suicide with Japan: this is a country in which a non-Japanese may stay only for a time, where he will never be more than a foreign guest. Anyone who attempts to violate this unseen principle will be spiritually and psychologically crushed.”
So, this is what it’s like to live in a cultural universe that seems to have a face-saving habit (addiction?) of trying to convince people that they don’t, or at least imply that they shouldn’t, exist.
When everyone who was anyone in business and finance was gushing about the next best thing, like how the world should be emulating Japan Inc.’s just-in-time inventory strategy, quality circle-jerks and whatever… a native-born foreigner was daring to speak the truth about a butt naked emperor-culture. This was at a time when all of the 'professionals' were puckering up, standing in line, hoping for their chance to slip some tongue into what they had been told was Asia's economic miracle. She appeared to be in her prime twenty years ago; now there's a lot that's sagging. As for attitude? Kind of hard to overlook that now the honeymoon is over. Though the author's statements came in the early 1980’s, in some ways I’m not sure a lot has really changed (although my view of the author definitely has).
Raw… people are hungry for signs of life.
In terms of raw, this blog may live up to at least a few of the definitions. We’ll see.