They should know better

I think if Christians struggle with accepting that God gets angry real easily, then it’s their fault why they should know better. They’re the ones who read the Bibles, apologetics and have a personal relationship that they should accept that God loses his temper a lot. But ironically they don’t like that fact.

Even if they (should) know better than atheists do. Frankly the latter really don’t know any better. To put it this way, it’s Tim Drake who should know any better being Black Canary’s nephew and Stephanie’s boyriend that he should’ve learnt to be more responsible for his own faults like listlessness. But he doesn’t.

And why he’s often insensitive to their anger. Christians are surprisingly insensitive to God’s anger and the fact about it. Even if they’re the ones who should know better and should’ve been more aware of and perhaps accepting of his tendency towards wrath than anybody else do. But it’s a responsibility they don’t commit to.

They don’t take it seriously

I still have a feeling most Christians (actually if not all or many) don’t take God’s anger seriously. Or rather they don’t take his angry nature seriously because that screws up with their own expectations. Either that it screws up their perceptions or perhaps from personal experience, many Christians tend to be the tough, aloof type who tend to be not only this suspicious of people but also tend to want to be superior to others.

I actually think this is why some atheists don’t like Christians. If you’re a Christian and tend to be cold and arrogant to people, that’s going to give them a wrong impression of Christians and Christianity. Not all Christians are like this but a good number of them tend towards aloofness and haughtiness that actually puts atheists to shame. (In all honesty, most secular people and even atheists don’t know any better whereas Christians should.)

If it’s Christians who should know better, ironically it’s something they don’t want to be responsible for and partly why Christianity’s struggling. People don’t want to take up that responsibility and prefer to be bitter towards outsiders. Even as an Evangelical, I really hated that Anti-Catholic stance so many Evangelicals have that I think they’re too aloof and cynical for their own good.

Ironically it’s that aloofness that’s causing them to not take God’s anger seriously. But the problem is Christians are also oftentimes too cynical and antipathetic to consider this that it’s harder for outsiders to understand this. That’s if Christians are ironically too irresponsible in what they’re doing and why some people lose the faith.

The fantasy versus the reality

I think it’s say to safe Japan might be one of the most idealised non-Western countries if it weren’t for anime media. There are certainly anime that depict Japan, people in general and other countries in a more realistic or at least non-stereotypical light. (There are certainly anime that do defy conventional moe stereotypes.)

The problem is, whilst it wasn’t always better before, there’s a tendency to define Japan through anime (I’m also guilty of this at times). Something like assuming all Japanese people to like anime (not all of them do nor have the time for it, especially if they have studies to complete). There could be anime fans who’re interested in Japanese football.

But not too many from personal experience. Maybe if they think Japan is anime, this is perhaps their point of reference that they stick to. Even if there are other sides to Japan that they miss out like sports and ecology.

Not everybody has the same attitude

I still think my point about differentiating personalities despite the same hair colour should matter. It’s like in let’s say Ghana where everybody may look the same at first but none of them have the same personality. I could say similar things about Sweden in this regard.

Even if many Swedes have the same hair colour, they don’t necessarily have the same personality/life experience. I could go on saying Swedish nurses may have more in common with their Ghanaian counterparts than they would with either one or both of their compatriots.

But that would involve actually seeing them as people. Or at least that they might not be that interchangeable with their compatriots at times. Especially when it comes to interests and experiences.

Home Self-Improvement

Though there are people who wish others would change, there are those who do and can change themselves at will. As if they know they have a fault that they’re trying to undo and prefer to be responsible for it themselves. To be honest, I did go through a period of knowing that I had bad grades in school, especially in things I suck that I have to do anything to be good at those.

So there’s always bound to be people who do willingly improve themselves. Working on their own faults. Like you could be drunk but try your hardest not to drink again. Or you could be weak and sickly but try your hardest to get well soon by willingly making yourself sleep and eat well. Some people do know they’re at fault and are willing to correct themselves.

Some epiphany

Hanson is one of those bands that not too many people take it seriously and worse off, grouped with actual boy bands. I don’t think they’re ever a boy band from the start. Not just because they play instruments and write their own songs. But also because they have (almost) nothing in common with boy bands proper other than a female fanbase to begin with.

Perhaps right up with Bay City Rollers (though I haven’t listened to them much, it’s ironically one of those bands that inspired the Ramones*). Or better yet, Duran Duran. Most of the band members have nearly nothing in common with the true boy bands, whom I think they have more in common with RnB vocal groups.

(Again other than the female fanbase and even then they have little in common with let’s say Nsync.)

That’s not to say they’re a bad band as much as I think even if they’re technically one of the better youth acts to come out of the 1990s (and also one of the more well-adjusted) it seems as if their reputation’s tainted by the then-popular perception of them. 5 Seconds of Summer might not be a boy band by this same metric.

Almost as if ironically, the word boy band’s used to refer to not only the actual boy bands but also rock bands that tend to have a poppy sound and large female fanbase. Bands like Hanson, Bay City Rollers and 5 Seconds of Summer are practically the latter.

Boys 2 Men, The Mac Band (I think) and the like should be grouped with Nsync. But I still think it’s pretty unfair to call Hanson and 5 Seconds of Summer boy bands when in reality they aren’t from the get-go. (Similar things can be said of Bay City Rollers.)

*Joey Ramone had ambitions of becoming a popstar.

Separate markets

I remember a thread on Anime News Network that compared US newspaper strips to most Japanese manga/comics. Logically I even think perhaps barring Mad Magazine and Archie, most comics magazines might the equivalents to late night anime and OVA. Maybe not always the case, especially given how visible DC and Marvel characters are.

But it does make sense in terms of distribution. It’s not that late night anime’s any less accessible and it’s possible to stumble upon it by chance. But economically speaking, comic strip collections are more cost-effective and cheaper. Two birds with one stone as you needn’t to buy a lot of DC/Marvel comics.

(That’s speaking from experience.)

It’s rather oddly appropriate to compare most comics magazines to late night anime with DC and Marvel being comparable to Gundam and Pokemon (long-running and accompanied by multiple continuities and merchandising). The latter two are relatively accessible, as I know from experience I did collect those comics before from bookstores.

Much like Gundam and Pokemon in a sense (I did witness Pokemon merchandise in stories before). Most comics magazines are practically like most late night anime. Not entirely unheard of but not so accessible to the public as to be ignored by many. Again not always the case.

But it does make sense in terms of accessibility and marketing.