Went to Okayama, and Fukuyama

Commissioned to produce a publicity article of an engineering company, today I visited a hospital in Okayama, to have an interview with the head official and the deputy head official of the hospital. After I carried out the interview, I went to see Ms. Fujimori, the translator of "The Fountainhead" in Fukuyama. We had a great time talking about Ayn Rand with great dinner.


Late in succession

Today around 5:30 p.m. on my way to where the reading circle was held, the Odakyu Line I was taking got suspended for "an accident involving human body" (which implied resulting in injury or death) at Mukogaoka-Yuen-Mae Station. Last Monday evening on my way to where the martial arts practice was held, the Chuo Line I was taking got suspended for "an accident involving human body" at Yotsuya Station. For both cases I was late. I thought I should go out earlier when I had an appointment.


Fearful fearlessness

How decisively one refutes criticism he or she is given much depends on how fearless he or she is of the situation in which no one gives him or her criticism. The fearlessness people have about the criticism-free situation which their attitude toward criticisms against them will bring to them is fearful to me.


Evilness and dilemma

I don't think as highly of the intelligence of those who, when noticing a social evil, only ask "Who are to blame for that?", as that of those who further ask "What kind of dilemma are they caught in?". Because while the former people only wish someone of more competence and integrity to take the responsibility for that matter, the latter people imagine the possibility of taking the responsibility for that matter themselves.


Higher‐grade cameras

As an interviewer article writer I use Nikon D300 to take a photograph of the interviewees. Nikon D300 was put on the market November 2007, and is already discontinued. Compared with performance the newest models, that of D300 is not so good. I wish I could buy a higher‐grade camera, but it is difficult to demand a fee enough to buy such expensive cameras.


The discernment and the spirit

In a sense being normal as a person equals being able to be a leader in a community, small or large. To establish and maintain public order in a community, a leader must have both the discernment to judge the right behaviors on the spot and the spirit to use force in case of need without hesitation. Those who are short of the discernment tend to resort excessively to violence and violent language. Those who are short of the spirit tend to develop and advocate empty theories.


Appropriate use

Since a few years ago a sign sticker is put on the side or tail of ambulance cars which says, "Please use ambulance cars appropriately." Of course they mean "Don't use ambulance cars except for urgent case". But it is funny that we can also interpret they hope we might use ambulance cars once in a while.


Started to translate Wikipedia's Ayn Rand related articles

Today I started to translate Wikipedia's Ayn Rand related articles into Japanese. http://randreaders-tokyo.blogspot.jp/p/blog-page.html This week my switch of a translator was turned on when I prepared for a circle where we read Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "Antifragile". And my switch of Ayn Rand's work propagator in Japan was also turned on when I got a query e-mail about Ayn Rand from a director of one of the most authoritative documentary programs in Japan.


Get depressed about my meager ability

Today I took charge of the reporter at a reading circle, where  we are reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder", and today's part was  the chapter 18: "On the Difference Between a Large Stone and a Thousand Pebbles". It was an interesting but difficult part to read, so it took me more hours than I expected to finish reading, and I couldn't have enough time to prepare the handout. My report was diffuse and confused. I was depressed about my meager ability to read books in English and to make pithy presentations.


The election is coming

The election of House of Councilors is going to be held this July. Today an incumbent councilor in her forties was delivering speech at a station square in my neighborhood.  Hearing her speech, I burst into laughter, because her voice, content of speech, way of speaking, body gesture, and everything perfectly lacked individuality. Probably thousands of candidates all over Japan was delivering virtually same speech with same voice and same gesture as she. I could not tell one from the other. She said what she wanted most was to leave bright future to children. Then did her opposing candidates want to leave dark future to children? She gave me no criteria for choice. That gave me enough reason to judge I should not choose her.


Attended a lecture about motion picture marketing

Today I attended a lecture about marketing using YouTube and TrueView in-stream ads. Recently such cases are increasing that I am commissioned by companies to make a motion picture of customer interview simultaneously with the interview article. I attended the lecture in the hope that it helped such interview motion picture making, and my hope was  satisfied. The lecture was also useful for the purpose of propagation of Ayn Rand's works in Japan. I right away wrote the scenario of the advertisement motion picture of Ayn Rand's works.


Which question is easier to answer?

As an interviewer, I always think how can I make my questions easier for interviewees to answer. Recently I am not certain which question imposes less burden on the minds of the interviewees, "What did you feel about that?" or "Was there anything you felt about that?".  As of the question itself, the former is simpler than the latter. But as of the answer, the latter is simpler than the former. The interviewee can answer the latter question by "Yes" or "No", but can't the former. I guess the fact that you can simply answer "No" lightens the intellectual burden of the latter question. So I would say the latter question is easier for interviewees to answer.


Inquired about Ayn Rand by one of the most authoritative documentary programs in Japan

Today I got e-mail from a director of "NHK Special", one of the most authoritative documentary programs in Japan, broadcasted every Sunday evening by NHK, the Japanese public broadcasting system. He inquired me about Ayn Rand. The director said that, making a program from a viewpoint of "the confrontation between the wealthy class and the states", they had met a rich person in U.S. who referred to "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand as the background of his or her thoughts. I hope thanks to the program many Japanese people will know Ayn Rand and read her novels.


Omnipresence of spreaders of perverted ideas

I learned these few years how easily people who are called "journalist", "teacher", " scholar", and so on spread perverted ideas unreasonably simplifying and exaggerating things. I started to doubt the contents of books written by journalists and scholars I read and believed when I was a child.


Does the called by the name use the name to call themselves?

Some names connote blame or applause. When we blame someone, we tend to call him or her by a name which connotes blame. When we applause someone, we tend to call him or her by a name which connotes applause. To be free from bias, we have to avoid using names which connote malice or favor, in other words, names which the called never use to call themselves. Especially when we argue on a group of people we dislike, we should ask ourselves "Does they use the name to call themselves?", and "What name do they use to call themselves?".


Protective tariff

Abolition of protective tariff makes life of a great majority of people richer, and that of those who are occupied in less competitive industries harder. Unless we are the power elite, there is almost nothing we can do to actually mitigate the hardship of the victims of tariff abolition. All we except for the power elites can do is improve the competitiveness of the products or services we provide. I respect the power elites who are trying to defend the tariff to protect those who are occupied in less competitive industries. But I despise those who are just criticizing abolition of tariff without trying to get the power and position only by which it is possible to protect the victims of the abolition of tariff.



Most of those who frequently deplore the cruelty of the world appears to me just to want  unconsciously to take the position of the victim.


The darkness and liveliness of the scenery

It is a little wonder that while in the afternoon as the sun declines toward evening it gets harder to take a vivid photograph of scenery because of decrease of light, after passing a certain hour, once the sun sets, the scenery gets livelier and livelier as it gets darker and darker.


Without self-deception

We have the ability to believe we believe what we actually don't believe and believe we don't believe what we actulally believe. Most of intellectuals who provide opinions enthusiastically supported by mass people believe they themselves respect mass people while at bottom despising mass people. One of the strange things about Ellsworth Toohey in the novel "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand is that he provide opinions enthusiastically supported by mass people and succeeds in making mass people believe that he respect mass people while he is clearly aware that he despises mass people. I guess it is impossibly difficult for a living man to use intellectual faculties like Ellsworth Toohey.


Watched the movie "Citizen Kane" (1941)

Yesterday I watched the movie "Citizen Kane" (1941). Although its pictures are great, its concept is shallow. Although such a view would be to mass people's taste that business tycoons are starved of affection and lead spiritually poor life, it is unbelievable that this movie has been regarded as a masterpiece for more than seventy years.


Hidden or revealed has nothing to do with true or false

Things have their front side and back side. Either side is indispensable. People who cannot fully understand why the front side is front tend to regard the back side as "true" and the front side as "false".


Belief in power of language

Those who believe in the power of language also believe in the power of good intentions of people. In other words, they won't admit the power of laws of nature by which good intentions of people cause effects opposite to what people have intended.


Writing gives me insight

It is not unusual that I am ordered by the client to modify in a direction a part of the article I wrote and then I agree but later actually modifying the part as I was ordered and agreed I notice that such modification causes contradiction. I wish I could notice such contradiction when I am ordered. But it is natural that there is something we can't notice before we write. Actually writing gives us insight into what we write. I hope the habit of writing this diary improves my mental faculties.


It's very fine today

It's very fine early summer day today. I could see unbelievably clearly the forest of Mount Ohyama, which is about 20 km to the west of my place. The leaves of the neighboring woods had vivid green. I wrote a very difficult article a whole day.


A scab over trauma

Although a scab formed over our wound prevent the wound to ruin our whole body, the same scab prevent our whole body to move fully. If a scab didn't come off after the would healed, it would let the body learn distorted movements. So may the scab formed over our trauma. If someone with an eye for human nature unconsciously try to tear off the scab formed over our trauma, we might need to notice that our trauma has already healed and the scab over the trauma is letting our mind learn distorted functions.


Two types of participants in Ayn Rand fans' meeting

When I hold a meeting of Ayn Rand fans in Japan, two types of people gather; those who want to talk about favorite scenes in Ayn Rand's novels and those who want to talk about the faults of modern society and other people which Ayn Rand would criticize. For the most part, the latter people take the initiative of discussion. The former people rarely speak. I guess there are two reasons. One is because the latter people think what they talk about has social significance, while the former don't think so. The other is because to talk about scenes in Ayn Rand's novels one has to face and reveal the core of oneself, while one can talk about society or other people without facing or revealing the core of oneself. I am one of the former. The next time I hold Ayn Rand fans' meeting, I want to contrive to direct the topic of the meeting to the scenes in Ayn Rand's novels as much as I can.


Watched the movie "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town"

Today I watched the movie "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936) on DVD. Seeing Mr. Deeds (performed by Gary Cooper) who was seen as a little bit odd but showed sound sense of management, disgust toward begging, and willingness to contribute society, I thought it was not only because Gary Cooper was good‐looking that Ayn Rand liked the actor very much.


Watched the movie "Ninotchka"

Today I watched the movie "Ninotchka" (1939) on DVD. I guffawed and guffawed at funny witty talks between Ninotchka (performed by Greta Garbo) and Leon (Melvyn Douglas). Especially I was impressed by the performance ability of Melvyn Douglas to create a comical world and draw the audience into it.


Watched the movie "Gentlemen's Agreement"

Yesterday I watched the movie "Gentlemen's Agreement" (1947) on DVD. I was fascinated by the great story, the great actors, and the great pictures of the work. I thought the main theme of the movie was not anti-Semitism but the peace‐at‐any‐price principle. Anti-Semitists might rather deepen anti-Semitic feelings watching this movie. But peace‐at‐any‐pricists (?) could not help reflect on their peace‐at‐any‐price principle. I also. One point which I was dissatisfied with was that Kathy admitted she was 100% wrong and throw way her peace‐at‐any‐price principle at ending. I think the peace‐at‐any‐price principle should be justified at some level, especially among common people. It was regrettable that Kathy's following criticism against Phil was left disregarded at the ending.
"You're doing an impossible thing. You are what you are for the one life you have. You can't help it if you were born Christian instead of Jewish. It doesn't mean you're glad. But I am glad. There, I've said it. It'd be terrible. I'm glad I'm not. I could never make you understand that. You could never understand it's a fact. Like being glad you're good-looking instead of ugly, rich instead of poor, young instead of old, healthy instead of sick. You could never understand that. It's just a practical fact, not a judgment that I'm superior. But you could never see that. You'd twist it into something horrible."


It was chilly

Although May is classified into summer, today's chilly wind is like that of late autumn or early winter.


Gail Wynand in the movie

In my mind, Gail Wynand looks like the head of the Mafia, having a stern and handsome face, rarely and hardly changing his expression. In the movie "The Fountainhead", Gail Wynand doesn't look as fierce nor dignified as the head of the Mafia, being too much expressive. The actor could perform the role of the owner of a papa and mama shop. That is one of unfortunate points of the movie.