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How messed up you ask? Put it this way: Let's pretend that, one day, agroup of aliens barge into your lunchroom cafeteria and confiscate all theknives and forks. "Silly humans," they say, "you aren't supposed to eatwith such primitive tools. Here, use our alien mini-catapults instead—much more efficient." The next day, you're sitting in church when thedoor flies open. "What sort of god are you worshipping here?" ask thealiens. "That's cute, but it's not the real god. Here, enjoy this statue ofRaxon the Galactic. Now pray to him as we do." And did we mention thatthese aliens have laser guns to persuade you?It may sound like something out of a science fiction flick (okay, a bad sci-fiflick), but that's essentially the way that colonialism worked in thenineteenth century. People were happily living their lives when—out ofnowhere—strange foreigners showed up and forced them to change,overnight, at gunpoint. This is obviously not cool by today's standards.But the legacy of these actions—as well as the philosophy that defendedcolonialism as a moral duty—can still be felt today. After all, we're justtwo or three generations removed from this line of thinking.Reading Rudyard Kipling's "White Man's Burden," then, gives us aninside look at what those aliens were thinking when they tried to takeover the world. And understanding the motivations for these horrible acts—no matter how twisted and illogical they might be—is the first step inmaking sure nothing like that ever happens again.3. “Since even ignorant commoners are talking in this way, I fear that ifthe bakufu does not decide to carry out expulsion, if its handling of thematter shows nothing but excess of leniency and appeasement of theforeigners, then the lower orders may fail to understand its ideas andhence opposition might rise from evil men who have lost their respectfor bakufu authority.It might even be that bakufu control of the greatlords would itself be endangered.That is the ninth reason why we mustnever choose the policy of peace.”(Tokugawa Nariaki “Debates overthe Opening of Japan” 1853)Author: Tokugawa Nariaki. He was a daimyo who was against giving into foreign demands.
When: 1853 (also when western powers arise with the United States***)Meaning: In 1853 Tokugawa Nariaki was involved in a debate as towhether Japan should adopt a stance of kaikoku or sonno joi. Nariaki isarguing for the sonno joi position which is a position of attacks thewesterns and making them leave Japan. The subject is the opening ofJapan to foreign trade and interactions.10 reasons why Japan should fight:1.war to expel the barbarians could boost the nation’s morale.Allowing them to roam on Japanese territory is a disgrace andwould be impossible to maintain national policy.

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