posted on Mar, 21 2011 @ 05:43 AM
reply to post by wayno
I would assume extremes entail their opposite in any human society... the seeds of extreme chaos are embedded in social constructs designed to impart
extreme order; extreme civility by its very nature implies it's dark mirror image. History all too readily supplies example after example.
Seems like maybe every society oscillates between various pairs of opposites that define it...Japanese history is characterized by long periods of
peace and relative prosperity (Heian era, Tokugawa Shogunate, post-WWII Showa era) punctuated by grimmer episodes (Onin war, Sengoku era, imperial
20th century, etc.). If you put stock in these "long cycle" theories of history the implications are unsettling.
From what I have seen, though, it's going to take something more jarring than what has already happened to bring things to that pass. This is why I
have particular concerns about mass flight from Tokyo. Barring an event of that magnitude, the Japanese are better equipped to deal with this than I
would have imagined possible. The level of courage, discipline, and cohesion in display is both inspiring and deeply impressive.
3/21/11 by silent thunder because: (no reason given)