Month: February 2015

On Business and Ideals.

Hi folks. I just saw friends off from the train station and strangely this time I know who I will definitely talk to again, and who I wouldn’t. I’m going to write a piece on ideals today. If I were younger I’d be doing the “Oh i’m going to miss you” kind of facade to everyone during farewell. Yes, after spending one year living in Tokyo I’m trained at this–it’s called “tatemae” in Japanese. But no. With age I can’t really bring myself to fake that much anymore. The bubble that repels me the most is “idealism-without-giving-a-damn-about-reality”. I really cannot stand people who are think they are “ethical”/ “hopeful”/ “idealistic” without knowledge of how the actual industry works, or ignoring the country’s context. Or, they feel that they need to “help” other countries, or people–without even staying in the country for some period of time. Or, people who feel that they respect/admire other countries who want to “help” other countries, or people, and use that as an excuse to feel better about their own country. I want to laugh. Who is …