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13th-Mar-2011 08:31 pm
[Community] Abed IS a giant cookie!
So as most of you might now by now, Japan experienced probably the worst disaster in their recent history sense the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. 1200 people are confirmed dead and with the fact that towns are now FUCKING GONE, the estimated death toll might reach as high as 10,000.

Japan is interestingly enough, the 2nd largest foreign donor of aid when it comes to natural disasters thanks to their large economy. From what I've gathered, the rest of the world didn't hesitate when it came to aiding this country and offered their time, money, thoughts and prayers.

Speaking of prayers.

Some people have been like "Oh my god! I'm SO offended that someone would be dickish enough to say that the earthquake is karma for Japan's role in world war two!"

Well yeah, that is a pretty dickish thing to say, but something about this picture offends me on the same level.

I think it's because ignoring the fact that about 70% of Japan does not identify itself as a certain religion, (let alone Christian). Haruhi Suzumiya is the LEAST likely person to "pray for Japan".

The entire POINT of the show is that Haruhi is a manipulative self-centered sociopathtic bitch who's about THIS close to bombing the Kasumigaseki subway station. She has no empathy and views her fellow members of the SOS Brigade as objects to fit what she desires in the immediate moment.

I had a facebook friend who said that he found it really self-centered of people to say "Oh my god! Japan is in ruin! It's just like 2012!". But this is exactly the sort of thing Haruhi would say, because she views her life like a movie where she is the star and what better way to make her life a movie then to put her in the role of the spoiled man-child normally played by Joan Cussack who survives so he can get back with his estranged wife and children, while soldiers, politicians, doctors and other people of respectable occupations die horribly to prove the gravity of the current situation at hand.

In fact, if you really wanna get technical and bring Haruhi into this awful awful event that's destroyed and displaced the lives of Japan's citizens, I bet you anything it was Haruhi's "friends" who caused this earthquake in order to give the loopy cunt something to be fixated on to prevent her from destroying the universe in one of her many bitch-fits bought on by her own narcissistic personality disorder.

This is on that level of all those people who wrote DBZ-in-9/11 fanfiction where Vegeta would cry and go "Why must huuuumans do this to each other!" despite the fact that Vegeta's actions when he attempted to invade earth with Nappa, put all of Al Qaeda to shame.

For people who would actually like to -help- as opposed to drawing bad fanart, you can text 'REDCROSS' to 90999 and automatically donate $10 that will be billed on your upcoming cellphone statement.

....good god. I at least hope that awful piece of crap gets auctioned off with the proceeds going to an organization....
14th-Mar-2011 06:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, to be honest, I was kind of like UUUUUUHHHHH. If you're going to involve teh animuz in a tragic natural disaster, at least use a character whose defining character trait isn't selfishness.

But on a positive note, at least people seem to be responding generously.
14th-Mar-2011 11:42 am (UTC)
I don't really have anything to say on the matter of Haruhi. Not a big fan of the wikilink you mentioned though. In Japan, people generally do pray. Quite often. The summary on wiki skims over that fact by pointing out that people don't identify with religions or God, but the problem with those facts and figures is that it doesn't recognize that faith in Japan is not closely tied to religion, but to the national culture. People pray. I've been there at the Kawasaki Daishi Temple on New Years as hundreds of thousands of people flood in to make their first prayers of the year. I've planted incense in Asakusa and prayed for good grades on my tests, just as so many students do every year.

Your argument is perfectly valid, since it seems that Haruhi is a very poor choice as a representation. I only contend with the implication that since the Japanese people do not identify with a religion (christian or otherwise) the image of a Japanese person praying would not be accurate. Trust me, they do. It is ingrained into their culture, not into any specific religious doctrine. They are categorized as being without religion, but in truth, they are a people with a very strong sense of faith.

Sorry about that. I didn't mean to sound so whiny. Watching U.S. reporting on the disaster with its usual sensationalism has put me in a terrible mood.

Edited at 2011-03-14 11:46 am (UTC)
14th-Mar-2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Don't feel bad. I find the earthquake to be pretty heart-wrenching. I can't imagine how it feels for people who have spent time there and have made many close friends and come to love the country on such a personal level.

Obviously my rant has very little to do with the 'praying' commentary and I sort of figured someone more well versed in the culture would come and correct me if I am wrong.

Hell, my whole issue is with Haruhi, if someone had drawn Belldandy praying for the people of Japan, I would not have thought anything of it.
14th-Mar-2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your understanding. The Tsunami hit close to my heart, but luckily for me, not too close - everyone I know and love are all safe and sound in more southern parts of Japan.

I got an e-mail from a friend today - her and her husband are Gunma police officers. She said the nation is having planned blackout intervals where all of the electricity has to go out and be re-routed to the north to help the emergency areas. She and her fellow officers are busy on the street intersections, redirecting traffic since the signal lights are out during the blackouts.

My friend ended her e-mail not with a "Please help us" but instead with the message: "We're all trying our best here, so keep cheering us on."

This goes to show that Japan is a resilient country with dedicated people - every single person works together for the greater good. I'm glad that other countries (especially the US and its military already based there) are doing their best to help, but I think the determination to persevere shines through the Japanese people the most.

So when I hear CNN going all oh these poor people oh look how unprepared oh woe, I really can't stand it.

Oh, and add Kagome to that list with Belldandy. :)
14th-Mar-2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
i agree with this entire post.
15th-Mar-2011 12:57 pm (UTC) - Anime SOS link
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28th-Jan-2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
Haruhi does not like destruction. That is why the Closed Space was created from her own subconscience: To give her an outlet to vent her frustration without causing any damage in the real world.
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