Our March Towards Madness

Cultural differences have existed as long as humanity. Our social forms and norms defined by place, time and strength of voice--- dictating ethics for everyone belonging to a particular society or group.  In the past, we would look at other cultures, see their ways, and make arguments for or against, but generally, as we rarely commingled, … Continue reading Our March Towards Madness

The Social Blindness of Anime Fandom

Anime fans around the world hold more power than they might imagine.  They are spending big money and Japan is raking in.  As potential movers and shakers in the world of popular culture, what then should these fans do with their strong influence?  Ask for more and better quality anime? It seems so. Recently I … Continue reading The Social Blindness of Anime Fandom

The Resilience of Trees and Humans

"There's an unusual delineation.  In the first few years of life she was just another unfettered white pine growing at a rapid rate.  Each ring around her heartwood is clearly defined." Obviously cultured by someone at some point, it was unclear how the odd specimen ended up living and dying where it did; in a … Continue reading The Resilience of Trees and Humans

Culture vs. God: The Ultimate Message of Bonsai

The Bonsai story begins with a quote from anthropologist Ruth Benedict who studied the Japanese culture during and post WWII.  In Patterns of Culture published in 1934 she wrote: "The life history of the individual is first and foremost an accommodation to the patterns and standards handed down in his community." And Bonsai closes with … Continue reading Culture vs. God: The Ultimate Message of Bonsai