There is a seriously ass-backward understanding of the blues & jazz music, namely, blues = suffering/pain. The all-too-common manifestations of this misconstrued notion look something like “the cat hasn’t seen enough hardship, he/she doesn’t/can’t know the blues”, or “I’ve seen pain, I know the blues”. And it’s only all too perfect in this ignorance-is-bliss and ass-backward world, drunk in its self worship and entitlement, otherwise known as narcissism…
Obviously, this egregious notion is referring to the inhumane atrocities committed against the African Americans during the time of birth of these musical genres. And it is pretty clear that this music(both Blues & Jazz) was created, at least in part, out of the need to alleviate and endure the pain. I.e., the music stands as a great testament to the musical ingenuity and heritage of the African Americans as well as to the enduring human spirit. I.e., the music is a powerfully cathartic form of healing and joy that could counter the insensible cruelty and ignorance of this world.
Where it gets tricky is when equating the value of the music with that of the hardships placed upon its original creators. That is a heavy offense and should be considered as an attempt at justification of the slavery. And thus, making clear distinction between the two, the music itself vs. the story behind it, becomes ever so important in this case. (Yes, there are other cases where it's important and utterly necessary to understand the history behind the music, even for purely musical reasons, if not just for being a decent human being. And perhaps that's what makes it tricky; knowing when to distinguish and when to merge in order to see the bigger picture and in service of the music/justice/humanity.) Yet, this false notion is consistently manifested/expressed in the mainstream culture in a ubiquitous fashion as well as, tragically, being found all over the place even in the original musical genres themselves, with many of its greatest artists uttering phrases like “feeling blue”, “when you really know the blues”, "too well I know the meaning of the blues", etc.
The distinction may seem subtle, but the critical points are:
1. Jazz & Blues is a legitimate musical art form that requires lots of study and practice in order to achieve any level of proficiency and,
2. suffering or hardship is not a medal of honor to wear proudly.
To elaborate on the second point, the good and wise ones among those that had to go through and survived real hardships either don’t show it or don't like to show it. In many cases, they actually end up building a fine and firm character for themselves which may be considered an even greater testament to the enduring human spirit, regardless of whether or not it was done as a way to hide the pain. That is the true meaning of being noble.
Outside of such obvious examples of violation and injustice against humanity that was slavery and is racism- which ought to be fought against with all of one’s might and wit, yes, we ought to try our best to see the hardships in life as opportunities to grow and to express our higher selves. But no, there’s no meaning or merit to suffering or hardship within and of themselves. Rather, it’s the enduring human spirit and the wisdom that gets one through life’s suffering we’re supposed to be celebrating about, e.g., the actual music that is Blues and Jazz. That is, when we've made the full circle back to being sane.
They took the fiction right out of science-fiction. Now it's just plain horror. It seems like the security/privacy issue got somewhat overshadowed by the incessantly deafening noise of the new Trump era. But this is a wholly new monkey wrench thrown in the mix that cannot be taken back. It signals the beginning of a solid new form of warfare for the future. As stated on some of the doc's promo posters, it's "World War 3.0". No need for Hollywood this halloween. Water stockpile and investment in gold may be in order however.
Couple of versions of the doc is on youtube(one linked below), don't know for how long.
(Excerpt from The online Encyclopedia of Shinto on Yamato-damashii.
Literally, "Japanese spirit"; Yamato damashii is also written 大和魂. This term is often contrasted with "Chinese Learning" (karasae), that is, knowledge and scholarship imported into Japan from China. Yamato damashii refers to an inherent faculty of common-sense wisdom, resourcefulness, and prudent judgment that is characteristic of, and unique to, the Japanese people. It also refers to a practical, "real life" ability and intelligence that is in contrast with scholarship and knowledge acquired through formal education. It is a term used to express such ideas as the essential purity and resolute spirit of the Japanese people, the wish for the peace and security of the nation, and the possession of a strong spirit and emotion that will meet any challenge, even at the expense of one's own life. Yamato damashii is synonymous with Yamato gokoro (lit. "Japanese heart").
Madeleine Albright(Former US Secretary of State) Quote
“If we have to use force, it is because we are America; we are the indispensable nation. We stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future, and we see the danger here to all of us.” - Madeleine Albright
(A good article regarding this quote: https://foreignpolicy.com/2014/11/06/the-myth-of-the-indispensable-nation/)
My Wholly Unsolicited Two Cents
"Get. Fucking. Real." is usually my first reaction to these kinds of comment and/or idea. Sharing the same self-delusional bigotry and otherworldly condescending tone, they are pretty crude a set of guiding principles to adopt or live by. But speaking of “real”, sure, evil prevails. These kinds of guiding principles, along with fabrication of history and myth-making, can and do serve many nations' self-interests well. Or at least better than pacifist ones; which is another form of delusory thinking on the opposite end of the scale. But yes, this is the world we live in. In the words of Belinda Carlisle, heaven is a place on earth. Well, it doesn't take that much "common-sense wisdom" to be able to surmise the flip side of that coin.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”- Krishnamurti
Germany, Japan and S. Korea are some of the exceptional examples where US' brand of liberalism was successfully adopted. All three didn't have much of a choice after the respective wars that left each in near ruins. With nationalism on the "rise"(in quotes because it never really went anywhere) around the globe, or perhaps more accurately, with liberal democracy on the down slope, it'd be willful ignorance to fail to ask these questions.
Bunch of mental 5-year-olds telling me I'm the spoiled one. Yea, I'm thinking it's karma alright.
Critical thinking. Something that’s clearly lacking from the education system in Asia. These education systems seem to be saying ‘critical thinking’ is secondary and can wait until college. Well, by the time the kids get to college, it’s almost too late. I say almost because it’s really not as far as the human capacity is concerned but then again the likelihood of the kids embracing and adopting and utilizing its faculties within themselves are made that much slim to none. All by the rotten education system that is so densely molded by unconscious nationalism. And the blame is not solely on the government or the board of education; the government bodies are usually well aware of the issue.
Unconscious & Conscious Nationalism
The great majority(in Asia, especially of the young) belong in the unconscious nationalist group, aware of neither the self nor their own nationalism. They took what they were told at face value about who or what they are and never doubted or questioned the validity of it. In many cases, it’s all forgotten about and stored in the unconscious memory bank and they’re just too damn busy with their lives to be bothered with such lofty an idea as logic. Indoctrination went without a hiccup. Propaganda in full bloom. Now the thing’s got a life of its own with the entire population jumping up to partake in its glory.
Conscious nationalists would include all the politicians from both ends of the spectrum to everything in between, those registered to the “nationalist” party(or similar/equivalent), and those in various fields with high and strict code of ethics that may not be politically engaged but are acutely aware of their own values and principles that include those of serving the greater good of their (respective) country.
Well. While paying due taxes/services to the country one resides/was born in, and even being grateful and affectionate towards its overall culture and history(which are always, without exception, laden with fabrications and myths), are all acceptable and/or legally mandatory, it’s a different ball park altogether to identify and actually believe oneself and others to be an Australian, Chinese, etc. It’s the fucking land, skin, hair and sex you happened to be born in/with. It’s what’s required legally on your passport and IDs for social convenience & other purposes, NOT who you are. Unless of course you think you’re just a mix of strands of DNA and other elements and organs. It’s fucking dumb but at least we’re getting somewhere. Let's go there for a sec. Who or what operates this machine of “you” consisting these various elements? The brain? The heart? The gut? Aren’t they also themselves parts of the machine? Is it God? Does Holland have a different God than Sudan? And if it’s God or some sort of a God operating “your” machine, where is “You”?
Stoke that fire of reason. It’ll make you highly unpopular and dislikable. Especially in Asia. Maybe that’s why it’s important to find that special someone while you’re still young and dumb and full of you-know-what.