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Lafayette De Mente – Quotes from “Kata” (2003)

 “The warrior class, which made up about 10% of the population, were fierce fighters who tended to be aggressive and arrogant. The common people were characteristically polite, kind, generous, hospitable, trust-worthy and diligent” Boye Lafayette De Mente in “Kata” (2003) on something that is still true now- just put the words “politicians” or “self made businessmen” in the place of the “warrior class”

“…the still powerful shame syndrome, along with a consuming pride, were the primary motivating factors that drove the Japanese to their superhuman efforts to not only rebuild their country but to become one of the world’s leading economic powers” Boye Lafayette De Mente

“…much of the wa (harmony) that survives in Japan results from government pressure and guidance” George Fields, quoted by Boye Lafayette De Mente

“Kabuki is a good example of the ultimate in kata-izing human behaviour, revealing not only its strengths in providing precise guidelines for each new performer to master the set form, but also the weakness and inhumanity of the system as well in that it rejects any individuality or new intelligence and thus stifles change and growth of the person and the art. Still the Japanese tend to look upon kabuki as representative of the best of traditional Japan, and continue to herd foreign visitors to the Kabuki-za for a taste of the “real Japan” without realizing they might also be showing the worst side of Japanese culture” Boye Lafayette De Mente

“Japanese tend to have a deep-seated dislike, even contempt, for weakness” Boye Lafayette De Mente

“everyone [in a group] is not only supposed to think and act alike, they are also supposed to be equal in ability” Boye Lafayette De Mente

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