Suffering as a Virtue
Until the 1980’s, when Japan lost its way, was there ever a time when the general population didn’t suffer?
Cultural icons such as Oshin came from seeing suffering as a virtue
Which nation considers a bare room with reed mats as spiritually pure?
Suffering is very personal
Explains why Japanese don’t contribute to charities they can’t see, but DO help those in their own circle
Media and education have part to play to improve Japanese public awareness and civic duty
People need to see EVERYONE suffering equally, or socialist complex kicks in (e.g., bosses need to take buses too)
Result of suffering is the victim mentality
Both are very powerful tools when dealing with people in authority
Visas, wage negotiations and loans, divorces and criminal cases
Power and confidence are a threat to victims, wield both quietly