"I'm very happy that everything is so harmonious"

Two very different YouTube clips appeared in my RSS feeds today.

The first, via The Online Citizen, is from Malaysia, produced for the 50th anniversary of independence. A Chinese boy, and his Malay-Muslim friend… This is sweet!

(Incidentally, punishment is required for martial arts blogger Bobbe Edmonds. Bobbe, since you’re a writer, write out 5,000 times: “Singapore and Malaysia are different countries“).

The second clip is nowhere near as sweet.

I found this via Click Opera, where Momus dicusses the artistic brain drain from Britain (prompted by this Guardian article).

I’ve mentioned before that being told I was “into weird things” by a senior university lecturer (now head of her department) after she’d seen me going through a taijiquan form may have been a tipping point for me, the moment when I decided it was time to get out of the UK. After all, I undoubtedly dance to a different drummer… It’s why I named this site “Jianghu 2.0”.

Unfortunately, the space for those of us who don’t want to be just like everyone else, where diversity and tolerance are valued for their own sake, where conformity to the profit motive and “the official view” are not required and enforced, seem to be shrinking.

Maybe I’m just having a bad day.

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