I saw my friends from Australia, New Zealand, and Thailand. I saw my friends from Japan, Korea, China, South America, and Singapore. I saw my friends from Germany, France, Italy, Africa, and India. I even saw my friends from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales (Uh, did I miss somebody?) giving each other a friendly bunch of grief. (Seems to happen every time when those folks get together and start drinking!)
I feel more Jewish already!
It was at the Indian food booth that I saw a dear friend who told me something wonderful. She said to me, "I read your blog post about the 2020 Olympics coming to Tokyo. It was a real eye-opener! I didn't know that Japan had lost $10 billion dollars (and counting) on the 1998 Nagano Olympics. I had never read such an opinion before. Thank you! I sent that article to my friends all around the world to read." (Please refer to: Tokyo Gets the 2020 Olympics... Unfortunately...)
I told her that it was a very unpopular article but I thought someone had to tell people the truth...Recently, I heard that I'm not the only one. Japanese TV star Mino Monta was "removed" from his TV news show because he said something along the lines of:
"The Japanese government has set $4.7 billion dollars for the restoration of Tohoku and the recovery of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster area... Now the government sets aside $10 billion dollars for the Tokyo Olympics? Where are the priorities for these people?"
"Of course, their priorities are where they have always been; in handing out juicy no-bid contracts to their friends and financial supporters."
That my friend from India said this to me made me feel much better about writing the stuff I do. It's not popular at all. I guess it shouldn't be when everyone is walking around with rose-colored glasses. So she inspired me to write more of what I want to say.
What does all this have to do with Jewish people? I saw a few Jewish friends as the event was ending. They reminded me of the topic I want to address today:
Let's talk about what's supposedly wrong with Jewish people.
One thing is that writing anything to do with Jewish people (similar to criticisms of black people in my home country) seems to be a taboo subject for people like me (who aren't Jewish or black). But, today, I want to write about something that I have thought about for a very long time—and it bothers me.
Because I live in Japan, I do get to meet lots of foreign people from all over the world. I even know some Jewish people I don't particularly like. I even have a few Jewish friends that I do like a lot!
Strange that. Nationalism teaches us to hate people we've never met (refer to Doug Stanhope for that one—video below). But, when I meet these people, I find that I usually like them for their personality and how nice they are. I can usually try to overcome some sort of hidden brainwashing I may have suffered as a kid.
So let me restate those former sentences which were: "I even know some Jewish people I don't particularly like. I even have a few Jewish friends that I do like a lot!" to: I even know some people I don't particularly like. I even have a few friends that I do like a lot!
For some weird reason, it seems that some people want to hate Jewish people (black people, Chinese people, the Scots, the Irish, gays, hairdressers, old people, Koreans, Japanese, etc., etc., etc.); but, in my (most probably confused) experience, it seems to me that Jewish people get the rap because of their wanting to make money or being greedy.
Is that true? Are all Jewish people wanting to make money and greedy?
Yesterday, I saw on an alternative news site some quote that said something along the lines of, "All the Jew is interested in is making as much money as possible in the shortest amount of time..." (This isn't verbatim. It said something like that). I should have screen captured that quote when I first saw it. It's gone now.
How am I to read and interpret this quote? Is this a derogatory remark or a compliment? I don't get it. It seems to be intended as a derogatory remark, but, I'm sorry, I don't see it that way at all. I mean, what's wrong with wanting to make as much money as possible in the shortest amount of time? Isn't that what all business people do? How does one turn this into a bad trait about Jewish people?
Jeezus! I mean, "Son of Dave!" I'll bet you a half a donut that if I asked my British, Welsh, Irish, African, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Canadian, Kiwi, Aussie (you get the picture) friends if they "wanted to make the most money in the shortest amount of time," that they'd all give a resounding "Yes!" Of course they would.
Only a fool wouldn't.
How is this sort of comment a criticism of the Jews?
This is the real world. We need money to survive. It is a natural human instinct (I think) for one to want to give their spouse and offspring the best they possibly can. What could possibly be wrong with wanting to make as much money as possible? Isn't that what we're supposed to do?
I get it though. The economy goes bad and people need someone to blame it on. Right? Just like most things like this: People don't want to take responsibility for their ineptitude or lack of drive and want to blame their poor financial situation on the Jews or the Capitalists or whomever.
It's nonsense. I also suspect it has to do with some sort of weird socialistic or communistic ideas at the heart of it. (Kind of like Global Warming is actually a cover for an anti-business agenda.)
There's not a thing wrong with Jewish people (or whomever) who want to make a lot of money. I'm sure the Jews do not have any more or less screw-ups than the rest of us. Wanting money is not one of them.
I might go bankrupt and be out on the streets someday too. But if that happens, I certainly won't blame the Jews or the Chinese or the Capitalists or whomever. It will be 100% my fault.
Hopefully, though, bankruptcy won't happen to me and I'll be able to hang on and be prosperous and make lots of money and have lots of friends. I want to make lots of money and be successful in the shortest amount of time.
And I'm not even Jewish!
Edited by David Kramer
Thanks to Jyoti Kumar and to Stella Kravitz. Stella was the first girl I really liked in high school and wanted to date... That is, until I went to her house and she offered me some raw chopped liver.... At that time, I didn't even eat sushi!