From Japan, a message to the West:
With no families or visitors to speak of, many older tenants spent weeks or months cocooned in their small apartments, offering little hint of their existence to the world outside their doors. And each year, some of them died without anyone knowing, only to be discovered after their neighbors caught the smell.
The first time it happened, or at least the first time it drew national attention, the corpse of a 69-year-old man living near Mrs. Ito had been lying on the floor for three years, without anyone noticing his absence. His monthly rent and utilities had been withdrawn automatically from his bank account. Finally, after his savings were depleted in 2000, the authorities came to the apartment and found his skeleton near the kitchen, its flesh picked clean by maggots and beetles, just a few feet away from his next-door neighbors.
Japan has always been ahead of the west in many ways. One of the more stark is their descent into consumerist culture. In part the situation is due to an aging population, but that population wouldn’t be the way they are without the poisonous consumerist culture.
Japan, a monument to the nation’s postwar baby boom and aspirations for a modern, American way of life — suddenly became known for something else entirely: the “lonely deaths” of the world’s most rapidly aging society.
Much like America the baby boomers have condemned themselves in self indulgence. They sought all the material gains possible, but they forgot about their people. While the American baby boomer was busy helping blacks and pretending that they were fighting communism, the Japanese boomer was busy seeking the American lifestyle.
These self-righteous self centered pricks bought all the cheap trinkets they could. They avoided marriage. They avoided families. They became the perfect consumer. Their only connections were to the advertisements on the TV. They forgot what being people was all about.
Now their disgusting disregard for the future of their people and their nation has come back to exact revenge.
The extreme isolation of elderly Japanese is so common that an entire industry has emerged around it, specializing in cleaning out apartments where decomposing remains are found.
In a morbidly ironic way, The consumerist culture is now consuming them. Instead of having a loving child to see you off into the great beyond, a cold and careless corporation is there to extract all they are worth.
This is the saddest expression of consumerist culture.
The way we die is a mirror of the way we live,” said Takumi Nakazawa, 83, the chairman of the resident council
How fitting? The way you live is the way you die. Japan is the culmination of many years of replacing culture with consumerism. These people are literally dying off, but their soul has long been crushed.
This is a culture that will destroy you. All people need actual culture. We don’t need useless trinkets and Wal-Mart.
My question to you is; do you want to die alone with the cold gloved hand of a nurse your only human interaction?