BGM: Hiroshi Takano - BLUE PERIOD
Today I worked late. This morning I read Alice Munro's "Too Many Happiness" a little. I felt that it doesn't deliver any strong or destructive character. It just is trying to deliver our life's happiness and sadness by its decent, delicate style written in details steadily I guess. It's like an ink painting. I won't say it suits me, but it must be a collection of well-made short stories. It has a mild taste, but also has hidden thorn therefore it lefts our minds something certain. I remembered some great foreign movies. I can't say whose movies I reminded, but I felt pleasant by reading these adult and neat stories. I want to follow this author more. I enjoyed this with Julia Fordham's music, and it was a really great time.
After reading that Alice Munro's stories at the certain page, I switched the book from it to a Japanese intellectual Shunsuke Tsurumi's "What is To Learn". I was attracted by the first dialogue with a Japanese poet, Shuntaro Tanigawa. They two are talking about "Hypocrites". How can we escape from the pressure of doing justice, and try to keep on complete hypocricy. Indeed, this seems paradoxical. But I can see how the justice or goodness can be dreadful if I see Twitter, where the users complete their justice and never ask about it to themselves. I never think that I can stand by the justice without any evil in my mind. I have dark passion and desire certainly, and I thought that these two people are trying to say their opinions based on that kind of "original sins" inside us.
The title of that dialogue is "Hypocrites of The World, Unite". Me, I sometimes do the "hypocricy" so their words hurt me seriously. I thought that Tsurumi is really a great philosopher I can trust. Indeed, there are many intelligent philosophers. But those smart people often say their "result of studying" which isn't based on their existence. It can be just a logic without any realism. Tsurumi quotes from the experience of his troublesome childhood and of his footsteps as an activist, and tries to say his "blood words". I am really dumb so I can have a certain sympathy with him. I am not young, but I read Tsurumi's books and learn again from him. Am I living the "second youth"? That's life?
Now in Japan the WBC is getting popular. I even feel that a certain fever is happening of it. I am not interested in baseball, but some friends of mine in foreign countries asked me that "What is the WBC?". Is it only Japan that the WBC is such a popular sport? Of course, I won't say that's therefore Japan is wrong, but I have an interest in the difference between Japan and those countries. And I am glad that I have been learning English. At least, the experience of learning English taught me that difference, therefore I could learn how unique Japan is. I won't say that foreign countries are always greater than Japan, but I guess that knowing how the real world is. So I wrote about this in here.