What’s below is a result of how I was feeling on June 17, 2008 before Mr. Obama had won the peace prize and the presidency, and before the oil and credit crunch; after Iraq and twin towers were attacked, before “Get Hard” and the strange vilification of Donald Trump replete with swear words, seething anger without bounds.
In the 1970’s when the Canadian dollar had begun declining, government cut backs increasing, and unemployment rising, I began hearing people arguing about whether or not crime was increasing, and then began noticing the growing popularity of Karate among men and women I never dreamt would be interested in physical violence; even their little children wearing karate costumes with belts signifying degrees of proficiency in bare handedly smashing things were taking Karate classes.
I recall that in the early 1960’s to my bewilderment a guitar player was promoting a kind of martial art called Defendo. And through the 1970’s and 80’s while children and women were attending Karate class, two drummer friends became black-belted Karate instructors. And some months back I was told of a child who traded in her piano studies for Karate classes.
By the start of the new millennium everyone seemed to be promoting the idea of being strong, being tough to stand up for themselves despite the odds.
In recent years the gun has entered this tough new realm with media stories about the proliferation of gun violence in locations where laws against gun possession are most stringent. And a recent beheading on a bus in Western Canada before some 30 other passengers seems to have inspired world-wide media attention.
And while fearful debates continue about whether or not crime is on the increase, the idea of being tough, being a strong person also continues.