3 questions.

June 26, 2007 at 10:11 am 15 comments


I’ll get to the point.

First question tackles religion. No, I’m not talking about the established religions, this is not a general blog.

So, you Haruhiists, what does your religion offer to the convert? I mean, every other established religion offers at least one good thing, like peace of mind, certainty of your place in the world, changes in one’s personality, etc. So what does this religion offer, in terms of positive benefits? I’m sure with all this bashing and whatnot, one tends to forget the important things.

The second is more general, but if you’ve been following the recent drama, you’ll get the picture.

Industry supporters, I ask you this. Why should I support a company I cannot support, in good conscience, that strives to destroy not just itself, but an entire subculture, albeit unknowingly, by going for a quick profit? Surely any company worth its salt knows alienating its intended customers only merits destruction to the company.

The third, well, I forgot, so I’ll throw in something I thought of in a few minutes.

How can it be possible to appreciate Japanese animation, when you live in a world that not only shuns it, but it’s ambassadors are uncouth, arrogant individuals who care less about their image outside their social circle and tend to flamboyantly attack anyone who do not support their views on the flimsiest of arguments? And how is it possible, to be a level-headed fan of all things otaku when you not just have these asinine individuals demonstrating the worst in humanity, but also an extremely paranoid Customs that has every right to confiscate and hold materials you purchase over the Internet with your own money? I mean no disrespect for the Government and all, but, how am I to respect intellectual property if I cannot have the privilege to own the original material? It’s already bad enough I’m being encouraged to support the creators due to the asinine zealotry of people who proclaim that information and products should be free, but to incur additional frustration because I have to wait for Customs and the MDA to deem my items safe for the public? I understand the standard fluoroscoping and explosives detection and all, but I’m importing game and music CDs and DVDs, not animals, and certainly not weapons. And obviously not porn, since most porn is trash anyway. Or anything that might upset the social stability of this country. I’m only a commoner making his way through the maze called Life, not some rebel or activitist. I don’t see the need to raise a huge stink and get sued twenty ways to Pluto, I just want to abide by the law to the best of my ability. And I’m quite certain that you all up there want that too, right?

Entry filed under: Anime, Bitching, Christianity and Anime, Suzumiya Haruhi.

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15 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sethjohnson  |  June 26, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    IN AMERICAR WE WOULD SHOOT THE FOREIGNER AND TAKE HIS ANIMU

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  • 2. astrobunny  |  June 26, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Yes. It still boggles my mind as to why we are not allowed to copy protected IP and yet not be allowed to buy it. Is some form of covert censorship going on in this world?

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  • 3. 5parrowhawk  |  June 26, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    <pretentious mode>

    20 years ago, when some of us were children and others were non-existent, nobody knew very much about the world beyond their little towns and cities.

    Oh, there were travel guides and other suchlike things, and occasionally people would go on holiday, but there was virtually no demand for the cultures of the outside world. People were content with living in their own little bubbles.

    This is the world in which the current laws were made and the current power structures were formed. A world where people were ignorant and blissful. A world where they could be herded like sheep, and indeed wanted to be herded like sheep.

    The Internet and the rise of globalization changed all that. Why is there a culture of “choice” now? Why are people demanding the right to choose what they want to watch, what they want to wear, what they want to listen to? Our eyes have been opened; we have tasted of the fruit, and now we are east of Eden.

    But the old structures still exist. The old laws, the old power, in the hands of old men. Those who try to create a new thing often find themselves bending to become part of the old structures, much as the growth of a bonsai is stunted by the container in which it is placed. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the older generation is driven by a hatred or fear of the new. I say it’s simple cultural inertia, that despite a growing realization of the inadequacy of the current systems, laws and social structures take time to change.

    We are the chick; the world is our egg. If we don’t break the world’s shell, we will die without truly being born. Smash the world’s shell, for the Revolution of the World…

    </pretentious mode>

    …Or not. You’re quite right to observe that we, the globalised generation, do not represent a significant improvement on our pre-globalised forebears. Ironically, this trend seems to have allowed some individuals to become even more narrow-minded in their own way than before.

    It’s a simple question. What do we do with the systems of the world – companies, governments, laws? Do we bend them? Break them? Or do we bend WITH them? How long will it take for them to adapt, if indeed they do?

    Personally, I believe in justice and ethics, but sometimes the law seems to be the opposite of justice. I ‘ve come to believe that we need to make an effort to change the systems, but that effort begins with some level of co-existence. If we try to smash the system, either it breaks, or we do. Not a good situation, IMO. The other way is to make contact with the system, to push at it, to try to bend it, but also to be willing to bend yourself.

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  • 4. DKellis  |  June 26, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Haruhiism offers nothing to the convert but what the convert takes with himself/herself.

    The basic tenet of Haruhiism, apart from the love of the series from whence it came, is that the Unusual exists, and it is benevolent, or at least not immediately hostile. How the convert deals with that is up to them.

    Haruhi demands nothing from us but the promise to do the best we can with our dreams and goals (see: the girls of ENOZ), and have fun in the process. There is no benefit for conversion or penalty for apostasy except for whatever the individual decides there is.

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  • 5. hitoshura  |  June 26, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    I just sorta realise that it’s not the government’s fault about censoring. after thinking it out and hearing so many blaming on the govt about thier anime. ( i was one of them), then i sort of figured it out.

    Hear me out. The government has better things to focus on. Tha fact that the word democracy is true in singapore, democracy: a ruling system decided by the majority of the citizens. There we have it. They literally give democracy to us, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

    The thing here is MDA doesnt take walks and confiscate products and items by their own free time, nor did our government ask them to. It’s the citizens themselves.

    remember the forums page of the straits times Home a few days back? Some stupid bitch was complaining how condom advertisement shouldn’t be shown in trains, it dirties the younger generation and makes them wanna fuck. She was promptly flamed by some others after that.

    And remember the radio show where the DJ asked thier girls to take off their bra over the air? No one complained, everyone was fascinated by it. Till some loser complained to the authorities that it was sexist, which triggered the woman association to take action. Which then leads to a fine and a police case.

    And remember all the pirated vcd shops in the past that existed? You think the police had initiative to hunt them when they can sit in kopitiam for some hot kopi? Citizens complained man, that’s what it is, and if the police don’t take action after the complaint, then the citizen will complain to the ministry about the police and get the police into shit.

    so there you have it. Fucking low class citizens trying to act high class in a trying to be first class country. You know Rain, the korean singer? Some aunties that went for his concert complained to the newspaper later that his dancing was too dirty and distasteful for them.

    I say fuck them. You think i’m gonna protect their ass in wars? haha no way. they can go fuck themselves.

    I feel so ashamed to be called a singaporean. 😦

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  • 6. Tyrenol  |  June 27, 2007 at 1:31 am

    sethjohnson: Not True!

    In America, good jobs get taken from hard-working Americans and given to people in other countries. Plus; companies seem to LOSE money on trying to sell amine.

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  • 7. sethjohnson  |  June 27, 2007 at 8:51 am

    TyreFUCK, maybe that is how you do it in bowling green michigan yuppie cracker, but in THE HOOD, we will CAP YOU and TAKE YOUR 2D BITCHES.

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  • 8. Tyrenol  |  June 27, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    Except for the fact that it’s not Bowling Greens. It’s a dustbowl where people can’t breath.

    And even the wanna-be gansters where I’m from kill for something better than animated bitches.

    See? That’s why you’re not suppose to prejudge!

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  • 9. drmchsr0  |  June 27, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    5parrow: Didn’t know we’re still in 1776.

    DKellis: Freedom? Well, that’s mighty fine and all, but the actions of some of the order have been… lacking.

    seth, Tyrenol: LOL

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  • 10. 5parrowhawk  |  June 27, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    1776: No, we aren’t, which is kind of my point. The main reason I was playing the devil’s advocate at the start was to set up the Utena quote.

    And that’s why in the end, I think we all need to push at the boundaries but be willing to bend. Not ram head first into the boundary.

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  • 11. DKellis  |  June 28, 2007 at 12:45 am

    People are people everywhere. It’s not as though being a Haruhiist (or Discordian or SubGenii or Christian) will suddenly remove all undesirable personality traits.

    It’s probably not a good idea to expect Haruhiism to be more than what it is. Or anything else, for that matter.

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  • 12. drmchsr0  |  June 28, 2007 at 12:57 am

    DKellis: All I want is Freedom? :V But the majority of Haruhiists I’ve met were bad eggs…

    5parrow: LOL

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  • 13. DKellis  |  June 29, 2007 at 6:04 am

    So were, I am sorry to say, the majority of Christians I’ve met.

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  • 14. 5parrowhawk  |  June 30, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    Which brings up the obvious question… how do you (Drm or DKellis) define a bad egg anyway? “I know one when I see one” is a little on the vague side, I’m afraid, so…

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  • 15. DKellis  |  July 3, 2007 at 2:13 am

    A comparatively vague answer could be boiled down to “someone who does not agree with how I think people should behave”. Upon which it would fall to me to define what my standards of “proper behaviour” are, but we’ll be here forever if I start, and I don’t want to spam Drm’s blog.

    In this specific case, it would probably be something like “people who do not let others live and let live”, or “people who do not respect other people’s tastes and beliefs”. This is not a binary on-off thing, or even a sliding scale, but more of “wow, he/she just rubs me the wrong way in his/her evangelism” and not much more specific.

    I’ve met “bad eggs” in many areas, not just Haruhiism or Christianity or MMORPG gaming or colleagues/acquaintances/whatever. The ones which deal with more personal, subjective things like tastes or faith or belief (whether in the more weighty matter of religion or the more lengthy debates of conspiracy theories or simply fandoms in general) tend to have a larger than normal (whatever “normal” is defined as) population of the more obnoxious sorts. It’s difficult to determine an exact percentage due to obvious logistical problems, but I’ve learned that anecdotal evidence is never enough.

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