Adventures of a Viking Reading Bystander
The curtain rises on the scene
With someone shouting to be free
The play unfolds before my eyes
There stands the actor who is me
Enryo (遠慮) is one of the most quintessential Japanese concepts. “Restraining speech/actions towards people” (「人に対して言語・行動を控え目にすること」).
A Stranger in a Strangeland.
How could that be?
I was born on top of the world. The middle class, white suburbs in Southern California, in 1950. White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant heritage: (that dreaded 21st century epithet WASP).
Then, Why a stranger in a strangeland?
There were hills that I couldn’t climb when I was young. I was sheltered by my dreams, now stellated mirrors in the sun.
Everybody: just like me?