In this time of conflict in the middle east we have also to consider that the First World War began 100 years ago this week. I feel for the ordinary people, the ones that politics has little relevance to, the folk who work hard every day to keep their families comfortable, and those who are tired of inexplicable and seemingly unresolvable conflict. The problem seems to be a world wide issue and has occurred all over the planet at various times in history. The title of the blog is from the Japanese philosophy of 'swallowing pain so as not to burden others'.
"Americans are not to blame, the war is to blame. People's unwillingness to understand those with different values - that's to blame."
The A Bomb building that survived
Although the initial reference may seem to be about Japan I am also thinking of the problems in Syria, Gaza and Israel, not to mention the Ukraine. It would seem there is credence in the statement about winning wars and losing the peace.
Throughout all the conflicts referred to above it is the stories of ordinary people that cut to the heart. Akiko Mikamo has collected her father's memories of August 6th 1945 and they make quite disturbing reading but it is the very humanity of the man that shines through when he says,
Really that is my message to all those governments who are currently involved in not considering the values of others. The above statement should be framed in large print in all the 'cabinet rooms' of all the governments of the world. The bottom line is ordinary people need to be listened to. I heard an interesting line from a movie last evening,
'People should not be afraid of governments - governments should be afraid of the people.'
Writing stories is an exercise in examining relationships and the resulting outcomes. Including relevant and accurate background on the nature of the people you include in your stories is as important as accurate information on the place in which your story takes place.
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
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This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.
On VG today.