During this scene in The Last Samurai, Colonel Bagley meets Algren in Kyoto and poses the question to Algren, “What is it about your own people you hate so much?” Gregory Hood has the perfect answer to this question…
Algren remains silent in the face of the question, but it is a question that many of us could ask ourselves. More and more people are increasingly dissatisfied with our own country.
In my experience here in the UK I see that a lot… no one trusts the governments, but there is no option for anything better. ‘The rich get richer and the poor get poorer’…poorer, downtrodden, forgotten. And what do we really have? Limited and mind-numbing jobs, controlled lives, little opportunity, busy and crowded cities, overly expensive housing and renting prices, violence, ignorance, apathy, selfishness… We are a nation where hard work is seldom rewarded and the lucky few get everything.
Footballers run around kicking a ball and roll about on the floor, earning millions, while hard-working teachers and nurses get a meagre pay and an occasional slap in the face with higher taxes, unhealthy overtime and general lack of respect.
Not only this, but what culture do we really have? Pubs and fish and chips? And lets face it, America isn’t any better, and is if anything worse. What can be said for a nation from which such a large portion of people can tolerate the the stuff that comes out of the mouth of a man like Donald Trump, let alone support it!
So, what is it about your own people that you hate so much? Gregory Hood writes:
“It’s that our people have been defined not by a culture, but by an anti-culture. In a cruel irony, “whiteness” has become a social construct, identified as export of junk food, junk culture, and junk values. Moreover, such “whiteness” should be hated. Cut off from ourselves and our past, we reasonably seek to identify with a real culture and a real people somewhere else.”
Who among us, if presented with the chance to live a life of real values, in an idyllic place of culture, history, and peace of mind (and mindfulness) would not trip over our own feet in a rush and leap towards that opportunity?
Whether or not such a place and community really exists today I’m doubtful, but maybe one could be created – if not in our nations or cities, then in our own home, within our families. Sadly we live in a world where the values of marriage and family are deteriorating rapidly. But surely, if we can nurture the best of values within the walls of our own homes, with those we love most, then there is the beginning of change…
Gregory Hood, http://www.counter-currents.com/2012/05/the-last-samurai/