Why I Do What I Do !
What most Japanese take for granted living in a country full of food and natural resources is astounding ! In a country like Japan where it's cute and fashionable to be skinny, millions of children in poor countries around the world languish in poverty and hunger daily who would give anything to fill their belly's. This award winning picture was shot in Africa of a boy struggling to reach the U.N. Food Bank, which was only 100 meters away. Unfortunately, he didn't have enough energy to crawl his weary body no further. The person who took this photograph was stunned at what he had seen; a vulcher sizing the boy up from head to toe waiting to seize him by the throat once the boy finally gave up. The photographer was over taken with confusion not knowing what to do, so he walked away and never looked back. Shortly after this photographer won the Pulitzer prize for this photo he committed suicide. Maybe he felt that perhaps he could've done something... During my time here in Japan, I have seen and heard everything ! I have sat at the table with grown Japanese men who hate their own country; men who simply see no good in living here at all. Some of these people will spend years worth of savings just to travel outside of Japan to visit places worse off than their own country; some even live. Of course when they visit such impoverished countries they take with them the comforts of home, their wealth, and their technology in order to live comfortably among the poor and indigent; it's not like they could actually live and struggle like the poor had they not depended on their magical passports providing them with an easy escape route out of a country full of abject poverty. It also amazes me at how many Japanese people don't even like their own national cuisine, things like; sushi, natto, sashimi, sake, and the list goes on. I met this student in my class, her name is Ruriko ( I won't protect her identity) who is incredibly overweight and unhealthy. She swears up and down that she doesn't eat fruit, bread, or ramen. She doesn't drink milk and the majority of all the food and drinks Japan is known for. Instead she will stuff her face with rice only. Nothing else. I have met tons of Japanese girls who swear they hate fruit and who simply refuse to eat vegetables. Unbelievable ! Does this have anything to do with capitalism or even ignorance ?