October 27, 2017

Blind love for whales/鯨に対する盲目的な愛

Why are anti-whaling countries self-righteous, emotional, irrational, barbarous, unscientific, and culturally imperialistic? Why do they disrespect the cultures, traditions, and customs of other countries and areas? Why do they attack whaling countries verbally and in other ways? Why didn't they simply leave the IWC when they lost interest in whaling? Why does one anti-whaling country take a double-standard policy about whaling? Why does another play international whaling "police"?

I have just a lot of questions to answer for myself, and I have yet to answer any of them confidently after months of study. All I can say at this point is that love is blind. Because of their blind love for whales, anti-whaling countries are capable of doing things that decent countries could never do.

In summary, anti-whaling countries can't see the ocean for the whales, as I mentioned previously. And, not only that, they can do inappropriate things because of their blind love for whales.





Fräulein Trude said...

Modern times. Personally I don't love whales and I don't know why there is such an huge whale fandom in the western world. They are interesting and some are very beautiful (Orcas). The only reason why I care about whales is: Most of the big whales went nearly extinct or are endangered and some are nearly gone as the chinese river dolphin. Whales should not be hunted commercially until they are no longer in danger of extinction But I can accept that there are a few countries still hunting as Iceland and Norway and Japan for cultural reasons. A pig is much more intelligent than a whale but pigs are very very tasty. So nobody cares. Besides: There are more and more vegan living people around showing of some sort of religious and fascistic behavior which annoys me a lot.

Hiroyuki said...

Kiki: Thank you for your candid opinion.

Some species of whale are endangered while others such as mink whales are not.

The belief of most Japanese about killing the lives of other creatures for human consumption is quite simple, and we do not even discriminate between animal and plant lives, which is the main reason why there are few vegetarian Japanese.

Fräulein Trude said...

I think you Japanese People got it absolutely right with your believes. If you are interested in plants I highly recommend this book "The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World" Peter Wohlleben. Amazing!

Hiroyuki said...

Kiki: Thanks for your suggestion, but I wonder if the book talks specifically about trees.

The Japanese can worship anything that holds us in awe, even inaminate objects such as mountains, rocks, and broken needles.
The service we hold for broken needles is called hari kuyo:

9895039531 seeandoh said...

What Trude wrote is right. Vegans can follow their path. But let others eat what they like. It is a big issue in India these days that Cow is a sacred animal for the Hindus and people from other religions cannot slaughter a Cow or eat its meat. Now the ban is covering even beef. In Catholic belief God made all creatures on earth for mankind and he can eat what he wants. It is upto the individual to select his eating preferences.

Hiroyuki said...

seeandoh: Religion! In India, things sound more complicated!

To be tolerant, or to be intolerant of the religions, beliefs, traditions, cultures, and customs of other countries and areas, that is the question.

The problem is that many people are intolerant. I feel an aversion to, or should I say, I am intolerant of, those people who are intolerant!

Fräulein Trude said...

Got me there, intolerant people. This is exactly what annoys me the most. In Germany we even have a political party who is specialized on being intolerant. We call it the dictatorship of the good will people.

Hiroyuki said...

Kiki: Well, there should be those who are intolerant of those who are intolerant of intolerant people (laugh). People must learn to agree to disagree because otherwise a viscious cycle of hatred will only grow.

The word tolerance reminds me of that famous movie, Intolerance, which I saw back in my 20s. I was too young at the time to get the exact meaning of the movie and the word. At my age, I now know that intolerance motivates people to do atricious acts, and how much money is involved in such acts. Just how much money is spent on anti-whaling activities?!