Hayao Miyazaki Calls Charlie Hebdo Cartoons a “Mistake”

“Your liberty to swing your fist ends just where my nose begins.”

We may have freedom of speech, but if our freedom to say anything we want, infringes on others’ right to not be degraded by others, then our actions will not be justified.

Indeed, no act of violence will ever be justified. However, as Taiga has pointed out, mutual respect is fundamental in terms of religion, and if we repeatedly cross the line, some individuals may turn the fury they have been surpressing over the years, into actions.

Who is the true villain in this case? This is debatable.

But what is absolutely certain, is that we need to respect each others’ beliefs, respect each others’ way of life, respect each others’ religion. If we can’t even uphold this simple and basic rule, then maybe we should start reflecting on our actions and attitude.

“Only if you respect others, will others then respect you.”

My Otaku Reviews

Last month, the Paris offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were attacked, leaving twelve dead. Recently, however, famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki said he believes the French paper’s Muhammad cartoons were a “mistake.”

In a TBS radio interview, Miyazaki discussed the shooting, which took the lives of several of France’s most famous satirical cartoonists. Miyazaki is a co-founder of Studio Ghibli and responsible for iconic anime like My Neighbor Totoro.

“For me, I think it’s a mistake to make caricatures of what different cultures worship,” said Miyazaki when asked about the Hebdo attack [via Yahoo! News]. “It’s a good idea to stop doing that.”

That doesn’t mean Miyazaki is against satire or criticism. For him, caricatures should be used in a different manner.

“First and foremost, [caricatures] should be made of your own country’s politicians.” According to 47News, Miyazaki added, “It just looks suspicious to go after political…

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{AHS Lesson 7} The Placebo Effect

Yo, students! Today, we’ll be going through how your mind can become a form of medicine that treats illnesses.

What is a placebo?

A placebo is any object that has no therapeutic value, but achieves a healing effect, due to one’s expectations.

Let’s give an example. Suffering from a fever, you went to see a doctor. As the doctor is itching for a permanent ban of his medical license, he prescribes to you a placebo. In theory, the pill will have absolutely no effect on your fever. However, because you believe that the pill is actually a medicine that will help cure your fever, you feel ‘cool‘ after taking it, and thought that your fever had actually subsided, when in reality, it had not. Thus, you begin to be less affected by the fever and able to carry out your normal lifestyle. In the end, the placebo ‘cured‘ your fever. This is known as the Placebo Effect.

All in all, placebos take advantage of your beliefs and expectations to carry out a theoretically impossible task. And of course, if you know it is a placebo, it will not work at all.

The placebo isn’t the medicine; it’s your mind that is the medicine.

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Student (Pie): “If placebos are actually quite effective and do not require any active ingredients, as compared to real medicine, then why don’t doctors all around the world secretly prescribe placebos? Is it illegal to do that?”

I wouldn’t say illegal, just that it is extremely unethical of a doctor to do that. As a doctor, you should uphold your duty to treat and save people, instead of betraying people’s trust in you. The only exception whereby placebos are allowed, would be in research studies and experiments that have attained permission from the relevant authorities.

Furthermore, the effectiveness of a placebo varies from person to person. Therefore, placebos cannot just be given randomly to anyone.

Factors determining Effectiveness

  1. Physical Quality & Quantity of Placebo Object
    • duo-coloured capsule vs plain white pill
    • two pills a day vs one pill only
  2. Amount of Trust in Prescriber
    • world-renowned physician vs clinic doctor
  3. The Strength of Your Desire to Get Well
    • “Argh! I need to attend an important meeting!” vs ” Yes! I can skip school!”

For your homework, watch this Youtube video when you get home.

Okay, that’s all for today’s les-

Student (QT-Pie): “Sensei, there’s still 15 more minutes to recess.”

Students: “SHHHHHH DONT TELL HIM BAKAA”

Oh. Well then, let’s go on with Part 2! ^^ Haha don’t worry, it won’t take that much longer.

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Similar to a placebo, when we believe in something, there is a high possibility that the desired outcome will come true.

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If we think that something is correct, we experience the tendency to affirm the fact that it is correct. If we think that something is wrong, we become more sensitive to points that prove it is actually wrong. This phenomenon is called Confirmation Bias.

For example, in an argument between two people, each individual would be more inclined to identify one another’s misunderstanding or invalid statements, and point out their faults. This may lead to erroneous assumptions, as they are just picking out what they want to see, instead of looking at the overall intended message.

Hence, confirmation bias is a form of error, as it causes people to fail to look at the big picture and instead, focusing on smaller details that appeal to them.

Recently, I watched a video, where some guys re-arranged food from McDonald’s and displayed them at an exhibition, telling people that it was all organic. Under that assumption, people pointed out several details in order to compliment how ‘organic’ it is. It is a really witty idea to showcase confirmation bias at its finest. ((Btw, turn on subtitles/translation if you don’t understand Dutch))

So students, remember this! Whenever you’re quarrelling with someone else, try to understand their overall argument and put yourself in their shoes. Once you realise where they are coming from, clarify any misunderstandings between the both of you and work together towards a better future! 🙂

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Thank you for reading this relatively lengthy post! xD Feel free to share any of your thoughts and opinions!

Christianity & Homosexuality

BEFORE I BEGIN: In this post, I will be describing my opinions towards the rejection of homosexuality by a significant amount of people due to their beliefs in Christianity. I am absolutely not criticising Christianity, but I am just stating my thoughts from a non-Christian point of view. Religion and homosexuality are two of the most sensitive issues in the world, and I really really really do not have any intention of offending anyone. Once again, this is MY opinion, and there is no such thing as a correct or wrong opinion. If I have unintentionally insulted you and/or your religion, I apologise.

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That analogy from Kiseijuu is pretty extreme, but I would just like to utilise the concepts shown in these few scenes: ‘God’ and ‘sending a message’. For the ‘Parasytes’, they received a message, almost an order, to devour the human species. Thus, the Parasytes obeyed that order.

And no, I am not trying to say that those Christians who do not accept homosexuality are mindless human beings. But their reasons for their anti-gay behaviour, are usually something along the lines of “Because the Bible says this…”, so on and so forth. Now, I do not disagree that the Bible is one of the wisest sources of knowledge in the entire world, and there are many things that can be learnt from it. But this argument is flawed.

Firstly, the opposition’s argument is based on the assumption that their interpretation of the Bible is entirely accurate, which would allow them to safely say that the Bible condemns homosexuality. This issue has been tackled very well by Justin Lee here, from “Argument #4” onwards. In a nutshell, Lee states in his opinion, that many people might have misinterpreted what the Bible said at certain instances, where actually, homosexuality had just been used as an example to easily relate to the audience at that point in time. For more information, please refer to the website as it points out and elaborates further on this aspect.

But for now, let us assume that the Bible does indeed condemn homosexuality, and that the reason for your argument is entirely valid. So, in other words, the Bible sends a message that homosexuality is erroneous, and hence, all who believe in the Bible should believe in this mindset, and carry out the relevant action, which is to inhibit gay marriage and sex. Am I correct to say so? I don’t know about you, but my family often uses this analogy: “If XXX calls you to jump down the building, would you obey him/her and commit suicide?” Again, taking your own life is, of course, a very extreme course of action. However, isn’t restricting two people in love from getting married, an equally serious problem too?

Going back to topic, all I am suggesting is that, maybe we should take, the words from a book written over 3000 years ago, with a pinch of salt. The Bible gives a clear description of life in the past, but is it still an accurate portrayal of our current society? Mindsets were more rigid then, but now that our thinking has developed, and human beings have went through much more experiences, aren’t we able to be more flexible in our ideologies? Can’t everyone realise that gender is but just a social construct, and that behind that physical façade, we are all the same people, trying to find love, trying to experience love, trying to love?

All I want to say is that, do not do something because someone told you to do so. You have a brain, so think for yourself. God may be God, but we should all live for our own selves, live our own lives, instead of living a life someone else told you to live. In life, there are many preconceived notions of what is correct and wrong, such as gender stereotypes. These ‘directives’ compels us to do what is ‘expected’ of us, even if it is against our will. Pardon my language, but fuck these ‘rules and regulations’. You are you, not a girl that has to play with dolls and wear skirts, not a boy that has to play with toy cars and wear pants. LIVE YOUR OWN LIFE! #YOLOSELAMIM

Because in my opinion, not living your own life, is the greatest sin of all.