By Rei Tanotsuka, 4 April 2021
If you only know me through my writings, you might get the impression that I elect to sever all contact with Westerners because I critique their ways of being with a rather heavy hand. I actually get along well with Western people in the same way I get along well with most people – I exercise decorum to their faces, and scrutinise their viewpoints behind their backs! I don’t have problems with any individual pertaining to their race, class or creed. You may deem this a tad 2 faced, but let’s get real, we ALL have 3 bloody faces – one for the public, one for private friends/family, and the last one who pretends to be Beyonce in concert, shaking every part that can be shook, is usually locked up until we are all alone.
Anyhoo, “friendship” in today’s vernacular means little more than a few drinks and exchanges of pleasantries, and many we meet in adulthood are not likely to be committed for the long haul.
The kind of friendship that I want to talk about however, harks back to a time when we were innocent enough to be vulnerable, and offered ourselves to another with the same mettle as accepting them as a permanent member in our life – the kind of mate who allows this sentiment to arise, but be devoid of grudges:
“We’ve been through so much together, and most of it was your fault.” Ashleigh Brilliant
This brings me to today’s post, the difficulties in establishing genuine friendships with Western people.
The notion of the “ONE” holding primacy over the many
Because of the varying degrees of self isolation due to covid-19, we have seen an exponential rise in online everything’s! Yes, I’m alot more “social” these days because Zoom meetings don’t require agonizing over what to wear, how to get there and awkward introductions…..if you feel in anyway inept, JUST MUTE until the tide turns in your favour to appear witty and urbane again.
So I joined a philosophy group last week which posed a question regarding friendships, and I’m glad a White guy made this admission first, or else I would come off as racist yet again. A British/Australian guy in the group mused that all of his closest friends have an Asian nexus, whether they be Asians born in Asia later immigrating to the West, or Asians born and raised in the West.
He then asked the rhetorical question, “Why is it so difficult to establish GENUINE friendships with Westerners?”, he himself being as polar bear white and Western as the demographic he was pondering about.
I, being an uncensored bitch for 3/4’s of the day, offered two salient points on the toxicity of Western philosophy:
1. Western society prizes the notion of “Best” with the utmost sanctity.
2. The West is not able to understand “DIFFERENCE” outside of a hierarchy.
1. Only the best will do!
The idea of there being a “best” is actually highly corrosive in symbiotic systems, and serve no purpose other than to promote self-adulation. Our world will be in a better head space if we value GOOD OVER BEST. I want you to seriously think about what I just wrote.
I have spoken to so many people on this topic, and I have not even met ONE PERSON who could fathom why “best” is a toxic belief to harbour. In nature, we coexist and co-evolve, it is literally IMPOSSIBLE to extract a “best” from a vacuum. We have no idea the genetic and epigenetic factors which contribute to any one individual becoming the so called “best” in any endeavour or field. To give ONE PERSON, or ONE ENTITY this moniker is meaningless. “Best” (though an inevitable outcome based on reductionism), is at best (lol) a transient phenomenon, and at worst, nothing more than vanity, a vacuous title made for us to hate each other over.
Let’s take sports as an example. Hussein Bolt set a record of 9.58 seconds for the 100m race, with the second fastest runners at 9.69 seconds for the same track. In the world of Olympic Games, an 11 second lead is the difference between a rickshaw and a Lambo, but what is that difference measured in the utility of society? Bugger all!
Let’s go stupid from this point onwards, and say we are getting attacked by an alien race who has the machinations to blow up our power grids so that we can’t use technology to leverage our fight. Let’s also say our only hope for the salvation of our species is to shove an infinity stone up the rectum of the head honcho alien. How do we use this running talent that we have COLLECTIVELY EVOLVED?
If we use the “best” system, it would only make sense to employ Bolt as the runner and hope that his rocket pins come conjoined with accuracy in shoving stones up orifices. The future of humanity rests on ONE individual with the ability to recognise an alien crack, and a pair of really great Nikes.
However, if we believe that “good” has more utility, then we would employ the whole damn Olympic team of runners! The chances are going to be alot better, because in the realm of alien dodging, you’re not going to run in a straight line. The Gay’s and Blake’s (second fastest runners at 9.69 sec per 100m) may be more adroit in turning corners or ducking lasers, they may also serve as decoys to distract and destroy. The point is, WHY do we care about being the “BEST” when it’s a concert of the “GOOD” that brings coordination and success?
Even now as we look at behemoths like FB, Google and Amazon, we should all know that they grew to be tech giants by swallowing up the “good” companies. GOOD is the foundation upon which BEST is built, and if we stop obsessing over titles, we would realise that what benefits human kind overall, is not a title accorded to a “ONE”, who is a collective creation of the many.
If you still think I’m exaggerating Western lunacy, look at America having a go at China now. This is literally a real life example of title envy gone awry. America has been number one for a while and White people have been at the top for a few centuries, they are now livid in facing the future as a number 2. I know that’s shit compared to number one, but second is hardly considered to be abject failure when you are standing in a line of 195 countries!
It’s not acceptable that China has created 5G for us all to prosper, it matters to White people who made it, this is pathology at its apotheosis. Imagine the folly of pinning a value system weighted on the melanin content of the creator, rather than on the utility of the creation!
2. Inability to see difference outside of a hierarchy
This is another brain fart of the West. How on earth can their minds be so constipated that they can’t understand that differences don’t have to be ranked?
I used to be a health Nazi, and loved devouring all the different quack theories out there, everything from Gerson’s therapy to the Budwig protocol! One day I came across a story that illustrated a poignant life lesson. This is the “Dummy’s Guide” version of it.
Mutiny was afoot in the human body, with each body part identifying the privileges of the indolent stomach, an organ that did nothing but hog all the damn food! So the sob stories made the rounds with the heart mewling, “I pump around 2000 gallons of blood everyday and get very little in return”, and the kidney lamented that it’s lot was even worse – it only gets to filter out the crap in the body. Why oh why, they cried in unison, does the stomach get all food while doing squat diddly? After hearing the disparaging remarks, the stomach, in a dejected manner agreed to stop taking the food.
I don’t need to finish this story right? You get drift…..what? You need me to spell it out? Well, the stomach proved to be vitally important because without it doing the peristalsis thang, no nutrients were available to run the other bits of the human machine. The take home point is that EVERYTHING THAT EXISTS, WORKS IN TANDEM WITH SOMETHING ELSE, HENCE NOTHING IS MORE, OR LESS IMPORTANT.
Something so elementary to grasp, is sorely amiss in the Western view of reality. To the West, EVERYTHING HAS A POSITION that is either SUPERIOR or INFERIOR relative to itself, there ABSOLUTELY can’t be equality in difference!
The worst part is not even contemplating that a transient hierarchy may exist, but the insistence that the West is ALWAYS at the top!
The Brits totally bungled up India’s Chaturvarna system, originally codified as a socially mobile, but immutable occupational guild. That’s right, a sudra by birth could become a kshatriya if s/he has the wherewithal to be a part of the military, or ruling class. The Poms, because of their obdurate stupidity in not being able to articulate nuance, decided on behalf of the Hindus, THAT THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR OWN FAITH WAS ERRONEOUS, and infact, the 4 groups were actually a ‘set in stone’ caste, based on birth right! India has now devolved into a nation, where despite having a “democratic” political system, has a rabid discrimination of an underclass who is believed to be created outside of the primal man’s body (Purusha) – the untouchables or dalits. They are deemed so unsavoury that to walk within the propinquity, or to be touched by an untouchable, warrants a cleansing ritual.
“The British who ruled India used Manusmriti as the standard to settle disputes among Hindus with regard to matters of inheritance, family disputes, marriage and royal succession. Some Hindu scholars believe that the British found in the Manusmriti a useful tool to promote their interest or perpetuate the society divide among the Hindus to consider their power.” MANUSMRITI THE GREATEST KNOWLEDGE: Code Of Social Conduct, by RAM NIVAS KUMAR
Sharing the notion of mate-ship with the West not only entails accepting their fundamentally perilous axioms, but it also requires us to become amnesic ABOUT THE TIME THEY…..
1. Wanted to enslave us!
Alessandro Valignano, an Italian Jesuit missionary who went on Catholic conversion missions in the East, could fathom the reasons for not enslaving the Japanese, but nevertheless believed that slavery fell “in general in two types: the sad slavery (tristem servitutem) of African Blacks, and the positive enslavement of Japanese.”. 論 文 の 英 文 要 旨 Jesuits and the Problem of Slavery in Early Modern Japan, by Rômulo da Silva Ehalt
Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a Daimyo in the Sengoku period of Japan, was repulsed by the Portuguese when he came to understand they were SELLING Japanese people as slaves. Something along these lines ensued with the outmost incredulity at the barbarians who transgressed all lines of civil conduct.
“We’ve been foolish! We welcomed them to our country and gave them the opportunity to make bumper profits from trade. We’ve been tolerant of their faith, but they’ve been betraying us behind our back!” The Goddesses of Japan, Kazuko Nishimura
Due to Hideyoshi’s demands, a law was passed in Portugal in 1595 banning the trade of Chinese and Japanese people as slaves. Phew, that was a close call. If we did join the slave brigade, it would have been us a few hundred years later who would be red lined and holding up placards bearing “Yellow Lives Matter” due to gratuitous killings…..wait, that is us AND WE WEREN’T EVEN FUCKIN’ SLAVES!
2. Took advantage of a MONK and robbed us of our historical literature!
The gullible Daoist monk guarding the cave filled with literary goodies, was Wang Yuanlu. The dastardly, avaricious Hungarian- British archaeologist was Aurel Steiner.
Steiner, possibly employing language obfuscation and perfidy with a touch of saccharin, convinced Wang to part with all the valuable scriptures hidden in the Mogao Caves (aka, Cave 17 of the Diamond Sutra) for a pittance – 220 pounds exactly. The price of shame that is commensurate with British morality, yes the Poms really are that low!
What’s the biggie you ask? Well, the scribbles the British “bought” were scrolls carried by an assortment of monks, the Manichean Turkish, Sogdians, Runic Turkics and Uyghurs, to name a few. How’s this for irony? You know how the West has recently fired up the defamation grill and is roasting China about the annihilation of the Uyghur culture? Well how about THEY RETURN THE UYGHUR SCROLLS they practically looted if they care so much about Uyghur cultural preservation? A bunch of bloody hypocrites is what the West is!
Included in the tomb of scrolls was also the OLDEST star chart in the world! That’s right, a Tang Dynasty creation featuring the Big Dipper and Polaris. Sincerely, with a friend like this, who needs a buttock screw from an enemy?
3. Used their coloured children to fight their war, then LOCKED THEM UP as a way of saying “Thank you dickhead, for thinking we would ever treat you like one of our own”.
The 442nd infantry was THE ultimate Asian beta fighting formation in the history of beta Asianhood. If you don’t already know, this was America’s 100% Japanese fighting force during WWII. These idiots were giving their all to a country that locked up their families in internment camps. A staggering 100,000 yellow munchkins gave up their son’s, father’s and grandson’s to fight for a country that was incarcerating them!
“Despite the years of suspicion and racism that prevailed at home, these Nisei men fought for their country and their ideals of freedom and democracy. They fought heroically, leaving behind a record that is still untouched today.” National WWII Museum
Though the 442nd infantry still remains the most decorated unit in American history, DO YOU HONESTLY THINK any White or Black American cares? Why are we pledging allegiance to a group of people who are only too happy to load us up as cannon fodder in times of war, and turn us into a diurnal punching bag in times of “peace”?
Here’s another Asian American who thinks by showing his patriotism in a very visceral way, will earn him and his community accolades and respect. Think again!
From everyday Asians who bend over backwards for their Western communities, (thinking that magnanimity exercised on our part will squelch all forms of prejudice), to our boys fighting on the front line for THEIR (resource looting) freedom, has made not an iota of difference in their disdain towards us!
Cha Choe, a Korean American woman who has had her fair share of trials and tribulations in life, ended up getting stabbed by a low life, sole scraping piece of shit who used his fucked up cultural idiosyncrasies as an excuse to perpetrate murder. She, BECAUSE OF THE LEGACY OF ASIAN DIGNITY that is seared into our collective unconscious, rendered her lot in life to a series of challenges she must overcome.
Whereas her killer, Marcus Louise Williams, decided on incriminating everyone else for his cantankerous vile nature, attributing the cold blooded murder of an innocent human being, to his childhood ordeals. This hood Sambo thinks ONLY HE experienced difficulties in life, and hence is deserving of an impunity pass like the spate of recent black fucktards who have been killing, maiming and looting Asians. You see, unlike the BLACK TRASH in America (obviously I’m not talking about the African Americans who are well versed in the alliance between Asians and themselves), we Asians don’t BLAME SOMEONE ELSE if our innate desire is to twerk our gargantuan asses, instead of twerking the math equation in our latest invention, a cause which will see its effect by getting left behind economically. We don’t blame anyone for our vices, but conversely, we are damn quick to exercise humility by praising others for their contributions towards our achievements even if the participation amounts to a sliver of a percent!
“Regular customers knew Choe as “Mama,” and many said she cooked for them, gave hugs and smiles and helped those in need”. Kiro 7…..So? How is serving your community any different to destroying it? You get the SAME AMOUNT OF RESPECT, and your life is still tokenised because as Asians, we aren’t really considered human….
The Trillion Dollar Question
Why? Why do we even feel the need to gain friendship from a group of ingrates who harbour nothing less than mal-intent for us?
The West only has two purposes for us in relation to it – to be obsequious enough to ameliorate all their insecurities, and to continue to traverse life as mere manufacturing beasts of burdens, making everything from their crotchless panties to EV’s for their fat asses to pass gas in. It’s a holocaust to its sensibilities in getting the West to honour the most enduring principle of creation – we, yes ALL OF US, are an agathokakological (mixture of good and bad) cocktail in all dynamic proportions.
No one should be placed on a pedestal and no one warrants eternal damnation as the devil!