Life or Death
Kato, how come you become so serious? Are you thinking of killing yourself because Donald Trump has become President of the States?
Oh no, I’m NOT… I definitely want to live at least four more years to see the demise of the Trump administration.
What if he goes for the second term?
Then I’ll live on for another four years.
Anyway, Kato, what makes you jot down the above title?
Good question! Well…, I’ve recently watched the following movies at Vancouver Public Library.
On January 5, I watched “the Book Thief.”
This is a 2013 American-German war-time drama directed by Brian Percival, based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Markus Zusak.
A young girl living with her adoptive German family goes through hard times during the Nazi era.
Taught to read by her kind-hearted foster father, the girl begins “borrowing” books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee being sheltered by her foster parents in their home.
It is a well-crafted story that focuses on the consistent thread of humanity.
Superb is the performance of Sophie Nélisse as Liesel Meminger, the titular “book thief.”
With incredible acting and a gripping, heart-warming yet chilling story, this is one of the best war-time movies.
A warmth of humanity will probably nestle in your mind long after the end of the film.
Another Holocaust story?
No, not really… Although a Jewish man is sheltered by the girl’s foster parents, the film focuses on the ordinary German girl and her friend as well as the war-time situation under the Nazi.
What impressed you most of all?
Well…, you see, nobody wanted to die even under the Nazi resume, but some people had no other choice even if they desperately wanted to survive.
Hitler was elected under the so-called democratic system as Doland Trump was elected in the States.
How come Hitler was elected in the first place?
…’Cause German factory workers were unhappy and unsatisfied with the on-going goverment because of the high unemployment rate. And Hitler took advantage of the situation and blamed the Jews just like Donald Trump blamed the Mexicans and illegal immigrants.
So unhappy German factory workers supported Hitler as unsatisfied US factory workers voted for Trump, huh?
You’ve got it, Diane… Besides, Trump seems to mimick Hitler.
Why is that?
Trump is thretening Mexicans as well as illegal immigrants. And now comes Trump’s immigration ban against nationals from seven countries where Muslims make up the majority of the population.
Another day, another anti-Trump protest, huh?
You’re telling me, Diane. Trump might just as well order a Muslim registration. It’s a good time to remember German Chancellor Adolf Hitler began his reign of terror by first registering Jews.
So the United States is no longer democracy’s leader, huh?
You’re right on, Diane… A corrupt political system by corporate interests and money, a militarized police force, increasing racial tensions, and an ever-increasing track record of human and civil rights violation don’t sound like pillars of a nation built on democratic ideals and personal liberty. Anyway, after the above movie, I happened to watch the following documentary.
This is a 94-minute documentary about suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge produced in 2007.
In 2004 alone, 24 people jumped to their deaths from the bridge.
Three bodies have never been recovered.
Other people tried to jump but, fortunately or unfortunetely, intervened by somebody else who happended to walk by.
Miraculously, one of those jumpers has survived the fall and talks to you about his feelings before and after.
We all experience moments of despair.
For most of us, the sun comes out, and then tomorrow is another day, and our days continue as usual.
Some people, however, chose the bridge.
More people have chosen to end their lives at the Golden Gate Bridge than anywhere else in the world.
This is a profoundly thought-provoking documentary.
Diane, listen to this! More people have chosen to end their lives at the Golden Gate Bridge than anywhere else in the world.
Amazing, isn’t it?
Diane, have you recently heard that some Vancouverites jumped to their death from the Lions Gate Bridge?
No, not that I know of.
You see, Diane, so many Americans feel lost.
Why is that?
…’Cause many Americans don’t trust the US government and establishment any longer as the following clip shows:
Are you saying that some Americans lost their hopes and got so depressed that they jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge?
Yes, I think so because no Vancouverites have tried from the Lions Gate Bridge in these days. Apparently, Vancouverites and Canadians in general are happier here than in the States.
Canadians appear happy enought to live on as usual, I suppose.
I believe so, too. That’s the reason Donald Trump won the election. You see, the major media predicted Hillary Clinto would be the next president, but most media ignored so many unhappy and unsatisfied American factory workers, who chose Trump rather than Hillary.
Kato, are you saying that some of the unhappy, unsatisfied Americans jumped to their death before the election?
Yes, I believe so. That’s another reason so many young Americans applied for Canadian universities and many Americans decided to move to Canada after the election.
I know… Some Americans and even poeple overseas protested against Trump presidency.
Manhattan, New York
A great number of New Yorkers were protesting in Manhattan when they got to know that Trump had been elected as their next president.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an angry protest in the previous US presidential elections.
As a matter of fact, there were some other protests:
Downtown, Los Angeles
In Portland, USA
In London, England
So many people in the whole world aren’t happy to have Trump as US president, are they?
No, they are NOT…
But why not?
Well…, if anything goes wrong, Donald Trump is likely going to press the nuclear button. That’s the reason, I suppose, many people protest Trump’s presidency.
Many people in the world don’t like Trump’s ideas at all, do they?
No, they do NOT.
Besides, many people know about Trump’s shortcomings and dark secrets:
5 Darkest Donald Trump Secrets
10 Shocking Donald Trump Facts
Well…, what do you think about the Trump administration?
Can you see many happy and bright aspects of his policies?
Thousands gathered near the White house on Sunday in response to US President Donald Trump’s immigration ban against nationals from seven countries where Muslims make up the majority of the population.
It marked the second consecutive weekend protest organized against Trump’s policies.
Here is five Nostradamus Predictions for 2017, in which you might be interested:
However, I really hope that 2017 will be a happy year.
In any case, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.
So please come back to see me.
Have a nice day!
Bye bye …
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
■“Happy New Year”
■“Merange & Sabina”
■“Beauty in Spa”
■“Love @ e-reading”
■“Love & Loyalty”
■“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”
■“Life with Music”
■“Biker Babe & Granny”
■“Heaven with Mochi”
■“Travel Expense Scandal”
■Happy Gal in Canada
■Roof of Vancouver
■Better Off Without Senate
■Trump @ Vancouver
■Otter & Trump
■Fiddler on the Roof
■Flesh and Bone
■Romeo & Juliet
■Trump @ Joke
■Halloween in Shibuya
■Happy New Year!
Hi, I’m June Adams.
Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.
As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.
Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.
You might just as well want to view it.
The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.
The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.
In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.
What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.
The stories proceed from this original tale.
Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.
Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.
■『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』