While a large part of the world is already in lock-downs and quarantines, our company, who always thinks about people first (nothing but sarcasm here, if you don’t know), still believes that ‘working from home is not acceptable and is not an option’, and keeps coming up with these weird rules that they believe will help us avoid getting infected (even though everyone still has to get to work by crowded public transport, as neither cars not bicycles are allowed as commute options). The rules include:
– don’t use your fingers to push buttons in elevators; (nothing about not touching doors yet)
– don’t come closer than 1,4 meters when you need to talk to someone (regardless of the fact that our desks are much closer than that);
– don’t touch other people;
– don’t talk to each other for longer than 60min;
– don’t seat at the same table during lunch;
and other.

Now, if you find yourself with even mild cold-like symptoms, you get to:
– go home right away;
– measure your temperature twice a day and report it to your superiors every time;
– if you get it, your name will be posted for everyone in the company to see, the will be told to the officials, then you will be questioned by both the company and the city on where you’ve been and what you did in past days -> which makes me think that people will be very reluctant to come out with it unless their symptoms are very serious, which means they will continue to spread it while pretending to not be sick.

I’m pretty much resigned to getting sick myself (if idiotic company executives don’t get me, Immigration Office likely will), and watching this company burn and blame everything on employee’s bad hygiene when more than 50% of us will be either sick or sitting at home because of the 2-week mandatory quarantine that is forced on you if anyone you interacted with is sick.
But if they tell us to go home before we get sick they’ll have to pay us, so no may that is happening. We have two choices: a ) either you quarantine yourself before you get sick and sit at home without being paid for the full duration of your ‘vacation’, or b) you wait until you feel sick and then you can get at least partially paid.

Our company is not the only one who is doing this, because morning trains and streets are still full with commuters. I kind of have a feeling it has more to do with people not admitting to being infected, than with the fact that the number of infected in the country is low, with this density of population.

The only good thing in it all is that at least the people are not going crazy in stores (yet), and the only products in deficit are masks, toilet paper (still can’t get over how stupid this is in JAPAN), and hand sanitizer. 

Yet, I believe what really grinds my gears, and prevents me from leaving this topic alone and not wasting my energy on thinking about it for 2 days already, is that if the situation was the opposite, as in, if the main characters were supposed to be from somewhere from Africa (or say Asia or Middle East), but instead white British actors were hired to play their roles, there would have been 10 times more outrage.

And then thousands of people who never even read the books would also flock to protest and express their outrage once they’d sniff it out, because how dare the tv producers not respect people’s races and cultures.

And I highly doubt the author would have been able to write her ‘proud post’ about how she thinks the cast is just right, and she never even remembered that her own main character had eyes of a specific colour. and that he is ‘right for the role in every way that matters’ (except race, because race doesn’t matter). Because she would just get stoned for that.

…In everyday circumstances, I would be among the first to say that race doesn’t matter. Because, in everyday life, I don’t really care (and, to be honest, my cognitive abilities are failing enough that sometimes I can’t tell Japanese people from foreigners when I’m outside…).

But when we talk about integrity of cultures and world settings… I think every culture and setting should be equally protected and represented as it was historically, or as it was written to be.

I think you need a certain amount of courage to drink something named “Yellow Snow”…

(I bought it because you also need a certain amount of courage to name your drink so. I couldn’t help it.

…it’s actually not bad.

…but made me feel like I was being pranked anyway.)

It always amused me how easily we accept that we live in a world where ‘depression and suicidal thoughts’ are listed as a side effects of the medication which you take against the depression and suicidal thoughts.

It’s a small example of a big world-standard pattern, but I hope some will get what I was trying to say.

things that distress me on an airplane: smell; sleeping spread out in the aisle seat and not letting people out; putting things and extremities outside the space allocated to your seat; kicking my seat or jumping around and touching me in any way.

things that don’t distress me at all: reclining your seat towards mine; pets.

there are days when I’m amazed by the modern technology and the ways in which it helps human lives
and I like having my phone that helps me find any information I need wherever I am and many other useful functions
and I love how technology allows me to reach anywhere in the world, and learn
there are even days when I wish for some even more amazing things in our life (like a faster way to travel to the other side of the world)

and yet, most of the time I kinda wish I could still live in a world with no smartphones, computer games (says one working with game development and publishing) and many other things that feel like they distract us from things that should matter more

I’m thinking about nature vs. intelligence in human beings
whether the ‘nature’ part in each human is a part of, connected to, the planet and life on it as a whole
and how humanity does receive signals from it, how to regulate and keep the balance,
but the intelligence and those parts of human minds that stand further from nature block those signals,
which leads to destruction of… pretty much everything. Individual humans and the world.

sunday thoughts… I guess?

You either care enough to do something about it. 
Or you don’t and you go on with with your own life. 
And, objectively speaking, there is always something you can do. 
If you get up and change your focus from yourself on to something else. 
And there are plenty of people who actually do. 
Who leave what they know and go out there to do anything they can to help.
With their own hands.
Lets not pretend that we care just as much as they do, 
when in fact our ‘caring’ doesn’t outweigh the desire to stick to our own comfort. 
I can cry watching the news, 
but I’m not going to lie to myself to make myself feel better, 
if all I’m going to do is look away and carry on.