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For some reason - I woke up at 4 am.......
October 2, 2008
3:59 pm
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....just absolutely PLAGUED with the burning question of why the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor?

(Don't know where in the world this stuff comes from.....)

What were they thinking?

A little island like that?

That was an awfully gutsy thing of them to do when you start to think about it.........

So, I googled that question and boy oh boy, is there alot of stuff out there on it - folks wondering the same thing.

Here's the link with a bunch of responses from WikiAnswers:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_.....arl_Harbor

Hmmmm.

Interesting.

I guess - I am thinking about this whole "going to war" mentality.

Perhaps - the way my mind works sometimes....I see a little snippet of something on the TV - and evidently - it makes quite an impression...on some deep level - then decides to surface in the middle of the night!

Like - I think it was on a recent CBS Sunday Morning show - there was an interview with the editor of Vanity Fair magazine - Graydon Carter.

I think the question that came up - rather off the cuff - was what he dislikes (or something along those lines) and he said: "Bad Manners & War" - and then in joking about it - and perhaps making a connection between the two - said something along the lines that starting a war was just an extreme example of bad manners.

I had never really thought about it in quite that particular context before.

But you know somethin' what - damn if he doesn't have a very good point!

Anyway - kind of made me think about the Japanese and Pearl Harbor.......

I think that the various answers on WikiAnswers is definently food for thought in lieu of today's turm"oil" with respect to the US.

('turm-oil' Pun oh so shamelessly intended......)

.....and another (unrelated?) thing that seems to want to chime in in my head is the recent death of actor Paul Newman - and one of the famous lines by the southern police officer in one of his movies: (Cool Hand Luke?)

"What we have here is a failure to communicate...."

Maybe THAT'S the bottom line.....you think?

(Just some random ramblings bouncing around in my head like a crazy, pin-ball machine on speed trying hard to get to the very essence of something.....)

You know?

October 2, 2008
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"What we have here is a failure to communicate...."

Yeah, that's in a song too. Is it a guns n roses song? I think it's a quote from the movie.

At one time, I did not believe that communication was possible. I had decided that everyone is always talking to him/herself and there is nothing anyone can do about it. You think you're talking to somebody else, but you are really just trying to give yourself a message and you've forgotten the point.

I was a bit kooky then, and also a lot happier.

October 3, 2008
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On 2-Oct-08 you wrote:

....just absolutely PLAGUED with the burning question of why the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor?

And then you wrote:

""What we have here is a failure to communicate...."

Maybe THAT'S the bottom line.....you think?"

Not quite the bottom line but getting close. There were a lot of other factors going on behind the scenes; such as the Sino-Japanese war for one, that was in full swing before Pearl Harbour. Then there was the US sanctions against the supply of Japan with the raw materials that it so desperately needed for fighting this terrible Sino-Japanese war. Terrible 'dominos' fall where they might when causes and conditions are right causing and magnifying the horrific ripples into the crashing breakers of WW2. The atom bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima were terrible sacrifices imposed on ordinary Japanese people in retaliation for Pearl Harbour and what followed. Only a fool would think that all debts were settled with the signing of the armistice by MacArthur .et al. The ripple effects of WW2 permeate the world today - just as the US response of Desert Storm in 1991 contributed to the present situation!

There is a deeper problem underpinning all human conflict and that is the falacious belief that anger, hatred and violence are ways of getting what we don't want out of our lives and what we do want, into our lives. We never seem to learn that wisdom, kindness and compassion sooner if not later will bring us what we want; that is peace, contentedness and happiness. Of course uninsightful people can never see this as being a reality. They think that military strength secures the peace. When has this ever been the case????? Yet this pernicious belief is alive and well.

After Hitler shot himself in 1945, Bertholt Brecht wrote:

"Do not rejoice in his defeat you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again." That bitch is breeding well!!

Consider your possible response, had I retaliated with abuse to you when you posted the response for which you apologised on the Dalai Lama thread. It would hardly have been apologetic would it? Both of us profited from the posts that did take place. I learned much from that.

In contrast in the Sino-American relationship before Pearl Harbour, no wisdom, kindness or compassion was to be found at all. Even the Japanese embassador was severely embarrassed by his government's response at Pearl Harbour. But it always takes two to tango. If one party refuses the other has to dance alone.

Had President Bush shown as much kindness and compassion for Al Queda and the Iragi nation as he did for the 7/11 victims then I doubt that the present fiasco would be effecting us all today. The same applies to the present Wall St. crash. Had wisdom, compassion and loving kindness replaced greed then the insecure loans and the subsequent debt would not have wrecked the lives of so many people. In fact I think that everything that happens in the world contributes in some way to everything else past, present and future included in this giant complex matrix of cause and effect.

Yes good communication is essential. But a good heart and the wisdom that should go with it, will carry those communications to a favorable outcome for all. The world has yet to thoroughly learn this lesson. I sometimes wonder if it ever will.

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