japonisme: 9.14

14 September 2012




Blogger violetta said...

Isn't it funny how some days one has more clarity than others in the matter of words? Or at least that is so with me. I know what I wanted to say to you - what came first, the friendship or the politics? The friendship was formed on the basis that you have kindred beliefs and ideals. The politics are formed by people who have an enormous amount of money and power to whip up a storm in regards to insecurities in our society system. Politics have always been divisive because political campaigns are mostly telling us what we will miss out on...

14 September, 2012 17:18  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

hi violetta -- well, I'm an old hippie. We always said "all politics is personal." We were the "third wave" of feminism, recreating our own lives from the middle out.

I grant you that the "tea party" is a Koch-manufactured-and-paid-for group. And I assume that there have always been those jockeying for the power to do evil, but that is not the whole face of politics.

*We* are also politics, and ain't nobody payin' me a single dollar to think whatever I want, and vote that way whenever possible.

14 September, 2012 21:18  
Anonymous Evan said...

What I find truly offensive about politics is the dishonesty- the blatant lies, the shuffling of facts, the opportunism & the sense that politicians must think we as a population must be the stupidest group of people on the planet. They must bank on the idea that we have tiny little memories & a total incapacity to reason. I listen to the disparaging comments from the Romney side about Obama's failure to deal with the violence in the Middle-East. I can't help but wonder- how is it his to deal with? The seed for the anti-American sentiment we see now got planted long before he took office. And what would Romney do? You would think that if ever there were a time for America to pull together...but no...just an opportunity to juggle facts to alter perceptions. Then there's this bullshit that's recently been passed in Virginia- a new law requiring Planned Parenthood clinics where abortions have been performed for years now have to meet new hospital codes...no other procedures are targeted, & no other types of clinics are targeted. The Attorney General of VA, Cuccinelli had also informed the Board that passed the laws that if they could lose the legal representation of the A.G.'s office if they failed to follow the "advice" recommending the change. Can you say coercion? This same A.G. Cuccinelli has plans to run for Governor (R) of VA next year.
Sorry, yet another rant.
Got a near-by planet I can visit through November where the reception is just awful?

15 September, 2012 14:26  
Blogger namastenancy said...

I think that many of us are just "old hippies" trying to do what is right. That's not always easy but I remember the slogan, "Keep the peace." What builds peace between people is, in my mind, good. What destroys peace and builds hatred is bad, and sometimes evil. What's so evil about the current way politics is conducted is that it drives a chasm between people and often leads to violence, and even death.

15 September, 2012 20:40  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

Evan, The truth is, a vast quantity of Americans are undereducated and thus easily manipulated. Don't tune out; just listen to the Democrats and MSNBC :^)

Nancy, religion has been driving people to violence for centuries; it is, was, and always has been political, and always will be. A religion is always a means to peace. A religious heirarchy is always a means to war.

16 September, 2012 12:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Lotusgreen.
Do you know about the book "the Hare With Amber Eyes" by Edmund de Waal? I thought of you while reading about japonisme in the book. I just recently discovered it.

24 November, 2012 18:10  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

I've come across mention of it in searches for other things. Do you think I should check it out?

24 November, 2012 20:21  

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