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A Realization About Japanese and American Superheroes

I finished Robert Ringer's "Winning Through Intimidation" and started reading Yukio Mishima's "The Samurai Ethic of Modern Japan." It's an introduction to and analysis of Hagakure. Hagakure's a 17th Century work on bushido and Japanese samurai ethics and living - I've got some excerpts of it here - "Excerpts from Hagakure, Chapter 1."

Reading Mishima, I realize something about the difference between Japanese and American superheroes and fictional characters.

At the most desperate moments, American fictional heroes tend to win by discarding their training and going with instinct and feelings. You see the hero who was beaten down and whose plans failed, who now "lets go" and thus wins.

At the most desperate moments, Japanese fictional characters win by unleashing and realizing the effects of their training.

A hallmark of Japanese fiction is the hero going through a long training period, but then not quite mastering his skill. Then, at his most desperate moment, the training kicks in to the full extent, and he wins.

How a Die-Hard Christian Strengthened my Agnosticism

On Runner's Ravings

By Steven Chaffin, Jr.

Trekking from my introductory philosophy course to a large, stereotypical lecture microeconomics class is always worthwhile. Between the two halls is a wonderfully unique place, known as Speaker’s Circle. Within the brick-paved circle, through which hundreds of students pass daily, lies a limitless right to free speech.

Anyone, be it a student, faculty member, or someone off the street can enter the circle and say anything they please, no matter how controversial, rude, or loud. I have seen communists bashing the free market, and have heard many proclaim their love to certain controversial leaders around the world.

More commonly, however, Speaker’s Circle offers something less controversial and less surprising: a group of die-hard Christians. These are the people that desperately want you to convert, to leave college, and join a nunnery. The very same people that mock modernity’s sinful practices and call for radical change.

:: Be Content with Uncertainty ::

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