In Japanese culture it is not normal for people to choose a side, however much they have their preference or opinion, they usually remain exempt. In this article we are going to talk about that aspect of the Japanese, the culture of exemption.
In Brazil the word exempt it has become a pejorative term, which defines one who does not take sides in a particular subject, mainly in politics, laws and other controversial subjects. Yet this term can be used for anyone who wants to remain neutral in any respect.
Some call exemptions hypocrites, probably because they have an opinion, but do not want to expose them or support those who have the same opinion as them. In Brazil, having this attitude ends up generating fights and hatred.
How is the Culture of Isentão in Japan?
If a Japanese man decides not to get involved in a certain subject, not choose a side, he does it as a way of respecting both people. Japanese people also think that taking sides on a particular issue can cause many problems for both.
Japan takes the peace of its neighbor, and whenever a person is forced to choose a certain thing, he puts that peace at risk. It doesn't matter if it's an important issue, the Japanese remain as neutral and impartial as possible.
Another thing that keeps the Japanese exempt is fear and shyness. Culturally, the Japanese are ashamed to express what they think, this causes a big social problem.
There is also a Japanese saying that says:
The nail that sticks out is hammered down.
This means that when you stand out, you will be subject to criticism. This is one of the main reasons why the Japanese do not honestly express their opinion, keeping it only to themselves.
It may seem like a bad thing, but this attitude has many benefits, it is one of the main responsible for the peace and harmony that exists throughout Japan. As not everything is flowers, unfortunately being exempt also has its negative points.
The problem of being exempt in Japan
The Japanese end up taking this exemption to very extreme levels which can end up being a big problem in the country. Some are exempt from things that should receive attention, such as bullying, injustices at work and some inflation.
In the case of ijime or bullying in Japanese schools, both other students and teachers remain exempt from events between the victim and the bully. Especially because students can become victims, and fear causes them to ignore the victim or make them suffer even more.
The culture of exemption in Japan also makes women pay less for equal work, turn a blind eye to sexist things, allow inequality and injustice in different areas of Japan and their culture.
Not getting involved is part of Japanese culture, causing these and several other social problems that are constantly discussed in Brazil and in the world. Fortunately, the culture of exemption means that peace benefits occur in different aspects of the country.
What do I think about the exemption?
I am an exempt person, mainly in politics, but I have my religious reasons. Once a believer fought with me because I said that I don't vote ... So completely breaking the freedom of choice that every citizen has.
If the medium, neutrality or exemption is one of the options that the person has to choose, I see absolutely no problem. If someone who wants me to take her side, get angry, or sad that I choose to stay neutral, that's her problem! I have that right!
Not to mention that I write on a website with readers on the right and left, imagine if I choose a side? I already generate a lot of discussion when I write an article on controversial subjects, what about politics?
Some youtubers are criticized for not choosing a side, I will probably also be criticized for that. Others are criticized just for choosing sides, as was the case with Mr. youtuber Nilson Izaias for voting 17.
I do not choose the best console, despite being Nintendista. I do not criticize Android, as much as I hate and use IOS. I do not support the Right, as much as I identify with its ideas and hate the involvement of politicians in several areas.
Of course, I'm not 100% exempt, I have my preferences and choices, but I don't force anyone to think like me, nor do I criticize someone else for thinking differently. In fact, I find these senseless discussions that take place on the internet very stupid.
I already wrote in an article about social movements: If the person wants to change the world, leave the computer and go to clean your room and help your family and neighbors. Despite that, I still like to write these texts to make people reflect.
From an early age the Japanese clean their neighborhoods and schools, do not spend their time discussing personal opinions, nor are they fighting and chasing trouble. Try to do whatever you can, don't spend your time stressing out by arguing with people like I did.