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wheat-dogg  Aug 3, 2018 • 7:17:33am

What would the OP make of Japanese culture, where kawai fashion is all the rage, where grown men and women enjoy cartoons like Doraemon?

The same trends have jumped the water and become fashionable in China and South Korea, too.

IOW I am not convinced by his argument. At first glance, he seems like yet another intellectual ready to dump on modern society for not living up to his/her expectations.

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Unshaken Defiance  Aug 3, 2018 • 7:28:54am

re: #1 wheat-dogg

I had the same first impression. Then I read it again and tried to reconcile the points that seem to link well and found too many to dismiss. I think success in the absence of power makes humans soft. The nicer lifestyle is easier almost by definition. Perspective starts to come from a rather spoiled starting point. Okay to be spoiled I supposed but perhaps not to act spoiled?

I can’t speak to Japanese anything, I have no idea. Not even been there.

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wheat-dogg  Aug 3, 2018 • 8:02:17am

re: #2 Unshaken Defiance

I had the same first impression. Then I read it again and tried to reconcile the points that seem to link well and found too many to dismiss. I think success in the absence of power makes humans soft. The nicer lifestyle is easier almost by definition. Perspective starts to come from a rather spoiled starting point. Okay to be spoiled I supposed but perhaps not to act spoiled?

I can’t speak to Japanese anything, I have no idea. Not even been there.

I raised the example of Japan to query whether his premise is cross-cultural, i.e., universal among humankind. Japan, and to a lesser extent China and S. Korea, seem fixated on childhood as a nostalgic time. It may be a consequence of the heavy societal pressure put on them beginning in their teen years, where it’s all work-work-work non-stop. They find release in “infantilized” entertainment.

I’ll read the OP more carefully. Maybe he has a point. My own study of history suggests that it is rare for a human society not to want to follow someone, who will “take care” of the people as a father or mother would. Surrendering your sovereignty to the king, the priest, the demagogue, the oligarchy, seems endemic to human culture.


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