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x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:


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the power of friendship


Anime DOES focus on the Power of Friendship to the umpteenth degree, and I love it. That's something that the United States and many other Western cultures are lacking. Here in the United States, it seems that it has to take a TRAGEDY each and every time for Us to stand together and band together. Any other time, We're so focused on Our greed and ridiculousness, that it would be completely unsurprising to Me whatsoever if I was to learn that this Country had forgotten every bit and ideals of what being fair to Your Neighbors and loving one another; Having trust in one another to the point that You could depend on this other Person in any detrimental situation. Japan, and since Anime comes out of Japan...They - THEY have brought those ideals to Me. Because I sure as Heck didn't learn them here.


What would you say is the objective the US ought to pursue, and what steps do you think it ought to take as part of that pursuit?
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Rely on your genes and youth.

Don't need to train to pick up a big ass boulder and hurl it.


Kids rule, adults drool.
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Heart and will power will prevail.

A lot of yaoi and yuri will help you in the future.

How highschool girls in miniskirts kick ass.

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i have been watching a lot of anime with SUPER GENIUS THAT ARE SMARTER THAN EFFING ENSTEIN

and from watching those anime's i have learned to think deeper, better, and more complicated like

and now i feel like i know everything

but i dont

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Your question is misleading in that it generalizes way too much. You may as well ask, what do movies/books/tv shows/games/music teach that the world lacks today?
The answer would be the same, depends on what you watch and what you believe "America" lacks.
I'll agree with one part of your answer, in that Anime teaches self-responsibility and community (but so do books, movies, games, etc.), but I don't think America lacks these things. Have you ever been to a small farming town in the Midwest? Or visited a bakery in NYC? How about a local grocery store in Seattle? You can't generalize an entire country based on the actions of one or two stupid individuals.
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BlueOni wrote:


x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:


GayAsianBoy wrote:

the power of friendship


Anime DOES focus on the Power of Friendship to the umpteenth degree, and I love it. That's something that the United States and many other Western cultures are lacking. Here in the United States, it seems that it has to take a TRAGEDY each and every time for Us to stand together and band together. Any other time, We're so focused on Our greed and ridiculousness, that it would be completely unsurprising to Me whatsoever if I was to learn that this Country had forgotten every bit and ideals of what being fair to Your Neighbors and loving one another; Having trust in one another to the point that You could depend on this other Person in any detrimental situation. Japan, and since Anime comes out of Japan...They - THEY have brought those ideals to Me. Because I sure as Heck didn't learn them here.


What would you say is the objective the US ought to pursue, and what steps do you think it ought to take as part of that pursuit?


Remember that the United States is a REPUBLIC, not a Democracy. Having an actual Independent in the running, that actually gives a care about We normal Citizens. Our Forefathers fought and Died for the opportunity for We future Generations to have a Life in ability of pursuing Liberty and Happiness...Can You honestly tell Me that the Goals of Politicians in Office these Days, or even further back in the past have been those of realizing Liberty and HAPPINESS for the Common folk? I believe the only way that it can be overcome is through Local Office, as in My opinion, Washington is just too far gone. We...the "little People" need to start purposeful action towards changing these objectively terrible and unjust means of Laws of which We live under. Petitions and Rallies...That doesn't cut it. And by no means am I saying that I KNOW IT ALL, or that I HAVE THE PLAN; I'm not Neo. But...after what I just said, I SHOULD BE one of those who exercise My part. But it can't just be ONE Person alone...I know the quote, "Be the change You want to see in this World", and that's all great and good. However, it has to be a UNITED EFFORT; each and every One of Us talking to Our local Politicians; Mayors, and Senators. Only through going through the small Tadpoles and convincing them; CONVERTING them, can We have any effect on the large Lilypad sitting Bullfrogs.

I know My writing style is a bit eccentric, but I hope I sort of answered Your question at least a little bit. Plus, it's close to 4 am here, and My head is almost resting on the Computer Desk.
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That the most interesting part of your life is high school and that if you don't have the seat next to the window in the back of the room, you are forever doomed to be a side-character.
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My high school classrooms didn't have windows...
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antx0r wrote:

Your question is misleading in that it generalizes way too much. You may as well ask, what do movies/books/tv shows/games/music teach that the world lacks today?
The answer would be the same, depends on what you watch and what you believe "America" lacks.
I'll agree with one part of your answer, in that Anime teaches self-responsibility and community (but so do books, movies, games, etc.), but I don't think America lacks these things. Have you ever been to a small farming town in the Midwest? Or visited a bakery in NYC? How about a local grocery store in Seattle? You can't generalize an entire country based on the actions of one or two stupid individuals.


1.) I did write an unofficial disclaimer at the beginning that I was generalizing.

2.) I'm on an American Anime site so that's why I didn't ask about Books and the world.

3.) I wanted to talk about an American event that happened recently.

4.) Sadly, I don't see one or two stupid individuals. What I see are many activist and political groups in America right now putting the spin on the story without caring about the actual victims.

The victims that are left behind that are mourning right now, with no clue why they've been dealt this card. They're grieving and people are using their deaths (The ones that matter to them) to push political agendas down other people's throats. America is in a political upheavel right now, wondering who's right and who's responsible for creating Eliot Rodgers. Nevermind that Eliot Rodgers was many things, but 99% of the topics discussed are sexism, gun control and PUA. Proponents are conveniently leaving out a lot of details. The funny thing is, I don't support sexism, neither for nor against guns, and I thought that PUA website was disgusting for using this opportunity to promote their name. Yet, I can smell BS a mile away from all this farced politics. Not that his manifesto is a secret or anything, so why don't people actually read the *amn thing, research the facts before espousing BS as news? Actually they probably DO know, but they're more interested in playing to America's fears and Americans accepting everything their political affiliates say word for word.



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anime has a lot of respect for parents and promises. dont see much of either these days in this country. dont really know if its just anime, or if japan still has those values, but its something we need more often.
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It is not solely an American phenomenon, though it is more pronounced due to the nature of our laws and media than in many other countries, to manipulate any significant event to alter public opinion and advance an agenda. It is human nature. Look at ancient cults that figured out how to predict eclipses or other phenomena. Humans tend to believe that they are right and/or that they deserve power and control. The resulting behaviors aren't often pleasant. Especially when there is real loss and emotion tied to these things.

When people feel disenfranchised and marginalized, they want reasons for it. They generally also prefer those reasons be something outside of themselves that is easy to understand. Most people have a hard time admitting their own flaws in full, even if they can take ownership of some. There are also many complex factors that marginalize various people that run from mild to full outcast from society status. If someone feels sufficiently marginalized, they will often react with measures that seem extreme even if they are mentally stable, never mind someone with actual issues. The way to help these people avoid becoming news headlines is to help them find healthy communities to belong to and to find ways to empower them so that they can find some measure of success. With or without mental illness, if someone feels sufficiently backed into a corner they will lash out. I'm not talking about coddling or enabling them. It is just the only practical prevention I see as being possible.

He lashed out because he felt marginalized. I'm not excusing or justifying his behavior, I'm just pointing out what I see as the root source of the issue. The idea that removing one of those influences would have prevented him from lashing out seems ill informed to me. Had those influences not been available it is likely he would have found or sought out other negative influences. The "whose/what's fault is it" game gets played every time something like this happens. The real answer is complex, which makes a crappy sound bite and doesn't work well for galvanizing a voting block, followers, or a movement. Most of the people yelling loudest over this are interested in advancing an agenda rather than solving a problem. My heart goes out to those affected by this tragedy. Building a better world where less of this happens comes from helping one another as best as we can and always trying to be better at being good human beings.
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Would "a potential foreign language" be too on the nose?
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Friendship is an actual bond, meanwhile here it's usually just a word used to get something out of someone.
People actually care deeply about their beloved, meanwhile here it just seems to be a passing pleasure.


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That the most interesting part of your life is high school and that if you don't have the seat next to the window in the back of the room, you are forever doomed to be a side-character.


Correction, the window seat second to last.
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What does anime teach that America lacks? A lot of things, but I don't think it only shows things that America lacks. It shows things that THE WORLD lacks. Life has lost it's sense of adventure, and sense of community. Most people in decently developed nations are distant and cold in this technological world. People are more distant now than ever without even trying and realizing it. I think the Internet has made it really weird for people to associate in person without an online presence. Life also lacks risks. Business and society are continually finding more and more ways to make life more convenient and less exciting.

Also America lacks OP main character powers to get every awesome opportunity ever.
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Respect.
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