Sir, come stan, shul

The shapes and colors, the monotony of the two warm and warmer, bicycles and the spots of blue and orange. . A few blocks behind Sensoji, a funky corner, the camera and I, are at the streets cross corner —this side of the building faces the point of the corner of two streets crossing. and there were a couple more streets coming onto the intersection from different directions like a Boston style square .

Alameda Creek

For one year, 1969-1970 I was an instructor of Sociology at a new college located in a small farming and some small business town about three hours drive west from Minneapolis. .

“Race” and “race- relations” were a part of teaching Introduction to.Sociology Of course what was taught was “findings” of Sociological research . . . as separate from the questions, “What are you going to research,? and what kind of information is acceptable as data? and How will you get that information and how will you even know it when you get it.

Teach some Sociology about “race relations” to college students for whom the only Africa-Americans they have ever seen are on TV or on the basket ball team—a college team actively recruited by the old-boy male board of white directors who had “special seats” in a “special section” at every basketball games.

Growing up I experienced a Midwest and suburban New England combination ——What could I teach about the sociology of “race relations” ? Something I read out of someone else’s book? Of course what was taught was “findings” of Sociological research . . .

What is Sociology about? The experiences of the sociology as teacher, or “the body knowledge” developed and accumulated by recognized professionals in the field, which anyone who is a recognized professional sociologist can accept with confidence is professional quality information , and can one teach it as “sociological knowledge” without having experienced it in their personal life.

Good question, isn”t it? In graduate school I was fortunate to have two professors who had something to teach me..and I had learning experiences since..

I remember this now because of the public controversy over Critical Race Theory.

I used to contrast the terms “prejudice” and “bias, “ the former being behavior purposefully chosen and originated, with purpose by the actor and the latter being“ ”social mores” which are behaviors acceptable or common (do not think good or bad here) in the general population and people think of these behavior as “ normal” and “acceptable”.

I pass this gentleman everyday .some times twice or even three times. We cannot speak, he doe snot speak english, I do not speak Chinese , but he slows down, greets me with a movement of his head and a nice smile, It seems he daily rides to the local Chinese market to get produce. We have been nonspeaking -Alameda Creek Trail friends for years.

Social mores .are behavior and attitudes how we “understand ”know” the Universe and basically everything we accept as truth. This structure was were created by all human interaction through history. We (all humans on Earth now) survive d, but there were, both humane and inhuman behaviors in the past which created our structure of human behavior, and human or inhumane, they are parts of the structure of behavior and most people see them as acceptable and legitimate.. This is the the nature of being a human being among human beings.

This is a“ ”structure of human behavior ”, we learn by “socialization”, i.e. by doing behaving— such as growing up and just living while as children, and, reinforced as adults — Its not formalized, no one wrote it out, it developed and is constantly developing, from present behavior which instantly, as it happens, becomes part of the past.and reinforces . This is what it means to say human nature is not individual but social. All human accomplishments are social and the greatest human accomplishment is language and writing.

This process is a field just like gravity—in space are big rocks and great balls of fire and while they are constantly in change there is an observable definitive structure to the movement of the whole Universe. For human beings there is a structured network of inter-personal behavior based on past behaviors, some good and some bad, which people see as acceptable and normal

When the inhumane behaviors in the structure of behavior are seen as legitimate and normal in the society, then most people do not understand why when someone calls them out, they do not or can not see it as wrong, not intellectually or emotionally, they do cannot understand why someone would feel that way.because makes sense to them and it ‘feels right.”

When we see inhumane behaviors which are not acceptable we say someone is prejudiced, and we say the perpetrator did this inhumane behavior knowingly and willing. This is the difference between the personal (prejudiced) originated inhumane behavior, and the structural behavior which we accept as normal but is negative part of the past that many see as normal that is still influencing present human behavior.

We cannot adjust the inhumane aspects of the structure of human behavior without understanding, both intellectually and emotionally, the history of human . And perhaps even when those negative parts in the social structure of human behavior get fixed, being human means more new ones will come along. But if we hide from history, do not teach it in our schools , they just keep building up and building and inhumane behavior become normal and acceptable behavior.


Japanese “folk pottery” style is often differentiated from Kyoto style, the former being a group of different, often geographically separated but localized traditional potters separated by long history of different clays ,production, throwing and firing techniques.. Kyoto style is its own very similar style, generally using porcelain and more refined decoration. The customers were different, Kyoto style was was made towards an “elite, refined fashion customer while “folk style.” was more functional, such Yanagi’s “unknowncraftsman.”

A ki seto ((yellow) tokkuri and a kuro oribe (black) guinomi . Both styles were developed in the Mino-Seto area and as a sign of the importance of this area, pottery in general may be referred to as “seto-yaki”, yaki meaning “fired thing” like in takoyaki, okonomiyaki or yakisoba.. While kyoto style earlier had discovered porcelain—high fired clay which could hold liquid— Ki seto emerged from folk potters attempts to fire Chinese style high fire celadon ,

An oribe tokkuri and seto-guro guinomo.. When firing ki-seto potters would periodically pull out a pot to measure the progress of the firing, and when they thrust the pot into water to cool it, it turned black and became a new stye in its own right.

Shino is another Mino–Seto style , this one is a chawan, a tea bowl for Japanese tea ceremony.

Oribe comes in many, many, many, many, different shapes. its famous for its diversity, and creativity. This narumi Oribe is made using a different clay around the lip of the bowl .than for the lower part.

A “shoe style” kuro oribe chawan, referring to the shape of the shoes worn by the early Portuguese visiters to Japan in the 16th century.

Bizen is an ash glazed pottery, south of Tokyo a coupe of hours by train. Mashiko is north near where the big earthquake was. Both of these were made buy a grandson of different famous potters

七転び八起き . . . Nanakorobi ya oki . . . Seven times down, eight times up

Daruma brought Dhyana Buddhism to China; Buddhist priest Myoan Eisai  (Rinzai) and Dogen (Soto) went to China and brought back Chan which became Zen in Japan. The “daruma doll”is bottom round and bottom weighted so that when it rolls over, it rolls back up right again..

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha


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