Intro to the topic.
The father-son connection is stronger in Japanese literature and media.
The Japanese make little to no distinction on people who are close them, vs associates, bosses, and strangers. So a son may act like a matchmaker to his father, because they have a close relationship. If their relationship is formal along the lines of society, then the authority figure may command obedience but that’s like obeying the police. Elder sisters are taught to treat their younger sisters and brothers as if they were their own kids. Shades of frontier and Sarah Palin’s family.
As for emulation, the expectation still exists that family run businesses and the father’s job, passes unto the oldest heir of the family. A strangely feudalistic tradition that doesn’t apply as often in cities. More of that going on in Hokkaido’s agricultural (engineering, practical, biological research) schools,
To the Japanese, it’s only a little bit strange that two close siblings or two close childhood friends, of the opposite sex, would hold hands, always be together, and act together as one unit even into their high school days.
In Western civilization, there are siblings like that that share a close love, but it’s often considered strange or crazy by normal society. In Western society, it’s more normal for the Santa Wog (wealthy oriental gentleman) killers to try to kill their little brother due to envy and jealousy.
If the father and mother is absent, the older sibling is expected to protect and guide the younger ones, in return for obedience and a lower social status in the younger siblings. This chain of command is very close to America’s top down and bottom up command structures, the officers at the top and the NCOs at the bottom.
Instead of two brothers competing for their parent’s resources and affection, they also compete against each other as rivals, they befriend and protect each other, and they both serve as models of rightful authority to any younger siblings, especially sisters. Of course the drama programs would place them as both falling in love with the same woman, but the Japanese way of dealing with love triangles is also strange. Western literature in the 21st century tends to kill one of them off, or make one into a villain. That’s the easy solution. The harder solution is to place the two males as friends, comrades in arms, and leave the decision to the woman to justify. Choices choices. They even have a phrase for this, koi kataki.
One of the first cultural shocks I got from getting too much exposure to Japanese culture, is their shounen shows that focus on teen drama and school slice of life. The fathers aren’t normally the source of authority, the antagonist, being rebelled against. Instead the fathers are like miniature versions of the “old man that is too deadly to ignore” syndrome. The more dumb and close the father acts, the more dangerous he turns out to be later as a protector of the family. Sonno pattern.
In the US, I don’t think I’ve ever not seen a teen drama where there wasn’t some angst and rebelling against parental authority going on. To see a different culture merely ignore that, slip sliding away on the ice, I felt like I needed to hit my head against the wall a few times to fix my perception of reality. Hrm… there was one teen light drama, where the father regressed and became as young as his daughter, but that’s a kind of genre breaker.
Yuusha, or heroes (of courage, of might, of righteousness, etc) tend to be something kids admire, the superhero or “Ally of Righteousness”. Generally anyone with power, society on their side, and a justification for killing 1000 enemies, can be considered a hero, in the adult frame. But that’s a more cynical viewpoint, different from kids, which suggests that a hero is only slightly different from a mass murderer. It only depends on how society views it. And society, as always, is screwed up often wise. The Japanese often have a different focus, which isn’t a socially approved hero, but how much loyalty, respect, and obedience one person owes to another. Is it based on social status, such as being the Boss, being older, being more popular or respected? Or is it based upon a personal connection between the soul, such that if the world came between them, they would declare the world their enemy. Shades of Bonnie and Clyde.
One Japanese citizen spoke in a video that when he watched American teen dramas, it made no sense to him that the popular kids would still be popular by treating the weakest people in the population that way. That kind of behavior is expectedly reserved for low class hooligans, street fighters, and rebel kids. Not for future leaders of the community, of the school, and of Japan. Why anyone would obey them, he had that “cultural shock” going on there. In Japan, if you are good at sports, good at tests (scores shown in public), or good at popularity, it’s all considered the same thing: a resource or talent that can contribute to society, and thus is good. Of course for the people that don’t fit that mold, it’s painful. The nail that stands out, in Japan, gets hammered flat. Lovely phrasing.
In reality, American high schools do have such upstanding citizen leaders, that are popular, that do cheerleading and sports, and perform academically in the 90% (not As, top 10% of humanity). I find it interesting to note how US propaganda tries to steer the culture, though. No wonder the world fears, despises, hates, or pities America. I would too, if I lived in a small weak country and watched American Hollywood culture. That stuff is scary. The thought of those drug addicted sex starved maniacs living in a quiet town, giving Orders to Obey, is unpleasant.
There is little equality promoted by the Japanese culture. The society itself always ensures that people know who is above them and who is below them. Like the helot system, the helots aren’t equals but they are satisfied because the Spartans are above them and the slaves non citizens are below them. Squires aren’t equal to knights or high nobles, but because they may become knights, they accept being treated as gopher units. Go for my armor. Go for my sword. Go for my horse. Go for my tent.
As a way to generate social harmony, destroying the concept of “equality” has its virtues. It’s not like in the US, where everyone thinks they are equal. Meanwhile in Marin California they get mansion houses, 60 degree temperatures in the summer now, don’t allow blacks in the community, and somehow they think they are equal to the peasants and slaves on welfare in Oakland. At least, that’s what the rich like to pretend, that there’s equality under the government (to stave off guilt). So long as people obey the laws and get welfare, they are equal to any other citizen. Even though in a large crowd, the weaklings in the social hierarchy are in the back, Charlie, and the leaders are at the front or middle. Little things that a society of equals don’t even notice.
Equality was something of a special nature, created by the bonds of love or rivalry between individuals. A society or revolution based on equality, cannot stand for long. Humans need a leader, they need and want people to tell them what to do. Sooner or later, the decision makers will rise higher than others, but without the recognition that they are leaders with responsibility for lives, the system breaks down. Like in DC. The US, a society of equals, with the powerful in DC setting the temperature to 61, while the rest of the peasants outside the capital burn and freeze, as the Democrat Reko landlords decree. It’s Global Warming! People must suffer to atone for Global Warming! Only the best and brightest can restore Global Warming, via offloading their carbon footprint (61 degrees) off unto the workers.
While the US wouldn’t benefit from a military top down hierarchy, the bottom up hierarchy of NCOs would do wonders for civic stability and harmony inside the US, especially the cities. But first one must convince the elites that arming the peasants is a “good idea”.
The problem with the Southern aristocracy of 1850 is that they created a social philosophy where there was no social mobility. Women were never going to be accepted as warriors. Blacks were never going to be accepted as full humans. That is what they were born for. White aristocrat land owners were the top 3% of humanity, to be given all wealth and free time to play and develop human civilization. That kind of “hierarchy” will always put the top 3% of retards into power sooner or later. Without social mobility, without the fear of being demoted, humans get lazy.
The tie in to the title is that even if humanity had a society of equals… they would soon create an aristocracy. So it’s important to setup a hierarchy right now, that’s based upon merit and not based on evil or corruption. Somebody is always going to be above you and below you, and that in itself is not equality but it is what humanity wants and naturally inclines itself to. You may be born equal, but that doesn’t mean you were born to be leaders or a slave. To Americans have to choose: slavery or unequal liberty.