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Some people talk about looking at their roots, but they really do forget. Also, Japan might not be ‘class’ society now, but it definitely used to be though. A lot of these populist ideas, or populists themselves just kind of die off.
This is going to be such a random response.
Japan somehow got pretty equalized. It feels - we really aren’t segregated as USA.
- To me American English has ‘class’ feature - upper class to lower class/under class
Probably because - we (Japanese) speak more - … same language from top to bottom. There are differences but - it doesn’t get twisted and complicated as variations of American English. (Strange adjectives, Latin bits here an there, classical expressions, etc etc. Language is the place - prove your - your class and statue - ‘breed’ and rank. In English.)
Yeah - but it got pretty equalized in Japan. Somehow. We lost much of feudal consciousness. (How that happened? I don’t know. But it happened. All of a sudden since 1945.)
We don’t decorate richer or upper stratification of our societies too. Some kind of Zen or Shinto - or Confucius? originated frugality permeating our society.
In place like DC, SF and NYC - you have political, governing elites and riches having social parties. Putting their daughters in gorgeous dresses, arriving in gorgeous cars, and -
just like aristocrats having party served by slaves.
That’s how you prove your success to your society.
And people, population look up to it. I’ve met many Left leaning, say Pro-Palestinian etc NGO workers - but they love to get paid better, they love to live in Manhattan, they love to dress up and have parties at weekends. (I’ve never really met educated activists who shun wealth and status).
NGO, Charity, Human Rights type - especially International Relations, Global and even Anthropology types love to party and have more money and status -
But - that ‘scene’ and aspiration to live in such scene really doesn’t exist in Japan. Few has it and they are around but - we look down on those who chase money. That strong culture is still around.
And with this, we Japanese really don’t have compatibility with USA, UK, and Middle East, South Asia etc too. Where rich and educated and powerful have no hesitation in showing off their monetary and material wealth (or whatever ‘decorated’ that is) - and populations have aspiration to live like King and Queens. (They want it both. Material wealth and devotion to God/Allah.) I really haven’t witnessed strong non-materialistic ideals - in these regions and people.
Only few Christian ideals, and some Japanese tradition, and some European societies indicate - egalitarian and frugal idealism.
The rest is all opportunistic and - hypocritical, too materialistic, greedy - too much facades - from my Japanese perspective.
But it’s tradition - dreaming to be rich like Sultans or Maharajahs. And also - hoping to get to Jannah. Material wealth, family thing, social status, and then spiritual gain/goal. All wanted.
That simply looks too demanding for Japanese.
And yeah, place like Berkeley and Marin is filled with people sitting on few million dollars real estate, and eating damn expensive organic foods - and talking about Palestinians - and interfaith - or Sufism and spirituality - or Buddhism and Zen.
How people live - and what their basic expectations and motives were - and how they achieve it (selfishly, of course)
And then ideals, priniciples like - democracy, republic, or Christianity, Islam (and Judaism etc).
Organized around the core focus of ‘my life’ ‘my survival’ - selfishness. (How that can avoid just being a thick bunch of hypocrisy?)
To me it looks only like we all need own slaves and few more extra planets for natural resources.
Hope next time on this, I can put more visibile structure in this lump of ideas. (And more reliable observations and guesses.)