How You’ll Never Walk Alone came to define Liverpool FC’s spirit

LINK 👉 The Guardian / 4, Jan, 2021

“The Rodgers and Hammerstein number became a football anthem via the late Gerry Marsden, bringing euphoric determination to every era of Liverpool FC from Shankly to Klopp”

Thoughts 💭 /

If you play football, you’ve probably heard the name  Jürgen Klopp. He is the manager of Liverpool FC, a powerhouse in the English Premier League. There is a song makes him say, “I never stop getting goosebumps. I can’t stop feeling really special.” It’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

“Indeed, if you could condense Klopp’s entire philosophy into one song – sticking together when times get tough, trust in the abilities of others, a conviction that better days are ahead – it would be You’ll Never Walk Alone. It’s been the club’s anthem since it topped the UK charts in 1963, providing joy and comfort during the triumphs and tragedies of the decades that have followed. Fans are now mourning the death, at 78, of the man who sang it – Gerry Marsden.” The Guardian article reported.

As the lyrics promise, offering comfort and solidarity to those facing adversity, “At the end of the storm / There is a golden sky / There is a sweet silver song of the lark. I hope this message reaches not only the British people who have been trapped in the lockdown, but also all those who are facing adversity.

サッカーをしている人であれば一度は聞いたことがあるであろう名前ユルゲン・クロップ。イングランドプレミアリーグの強豪リバプールFCの監督だ。彼をして”鳥肌が立つのを止めることはない。本当に特別な気分が止まらない。”と言わしめる曲がある。”You’ll Never Walk Alone”だ。

“困難に直面しても団結すること、人の能力を信じること、より良い日々が待っていることを確信することなど、クロップの哲学を1曲に凝縮するとすれば、「You’ll Never Walk Alone」だろう。この曲は1963年に全英チャートのトップに立って以来、クラブの賛歌となっており、その後の数十年間の勝利と悲劇の間に喜びと慰めを提供してきた。ファンは今、この曲を歌った男、ゲリー・マースデンの死を78歳で悼んでいる。”とガーディアンの記事は伝えている。

逆境に直面している人たちに慰めと連帯感を提供する歌詞が約束しているように、”嵐の終わりに/黄金の空がある/ヒバリの甘い銀色の歌がある”。このメッセージはロックダウンにみたび追い込まれてしまった英国民だけでなく逆境に立たされているすべての人に届いてほしい。

Is life meaningless? And other absurd questions – Nina Medvinskaya

LINK 👉 TED Ed / 21, Sep, 2020

“Albert Camus grew up surrounded by violence. His homeland of Algeria was mired in conflict. He lost his father in World War I. Seeing World War II’s devastation, Camus grew despondent. What was the meaning behind all this endless bloodshed and suffering? And if the world was meaningless, could our individual lives still hold value? Nina Medvinskaya explores Camus’ philosophy of the absurd.”

Thoughts 💭 /

The year 2021 has begun. At the end of the year, I came across many articles and videos looking back on 2020, and I can’t help but think that it was indeed a year full of absurdities. Speaking of absurdity, Camus.

Camus’ writings are characterized by the concept of “absurdity”. The absurdity that Camus refers to is the irrationality that appears when we confront the world while maintaining clear reason. The attitude that keeps looking at such absurd fate without turning away is called “rebellion”. It is said that the attitude of rebellion against things that threaten humanity produces “solidarity” among people.

Camus’ literary work was a struggle against the absurd violence that strikes human beings, such as disease, death, calamity, murder, terrorism, war, and totalitarianism. Camus, on the other hand, consistently rejected the superior hierarchies of Christianity and leftist revolutionary thought, and remained on the human horizon, searching for the meaning of life without relying on transcendental values.

In 2021, I will not turn away from the absurdity, but will raise my voice in solidarity.

2021年が始まった。年末に2020年を振り返る記事や映像にたくさん触れたが、まさに不条理なことだらけの年だったと思わざるを得ない。不条理といえば、カミュ。

カミュの著作の特徴は、「不条理」という概念にある。カミュが指す不条理とは、明確な理性を保ちながら世界と対峙したときに現れる不条理のこと。そのような不条理な運命を目を背けずに見つめ続ける態度を「反抗」と呼んだ。人類を脅かすものに反抗する態度は、人々の間に「連帯」を生み出すとされている。

カミュの文学作品は、病気、死、災難、殺人、テロ、戦争、全体主義など、人間を襲う不条理な暴力との闘いであった。一方、カミュは、キリスト教や左翼革命思想の優越的なヒエラルキーを一貫して拒絶し、超越的な価値観に頼ることなく、人間の地平線上にとどまり、生きる意味を模索した。

2021年は、不条理から目をそらさず、連帯して声を上げていこうと思う。

‘This is revolutionary’: new online bookshop unites indies to rival Amazon

LINK 👉 The Guardian / 2, Nov, 2020

“Bookshop.org, which launched in the US earlier this year, has accelerated UK plans and goes online this week in partnership with more than 130 shops”

‘It’s been a wild ride’ … Andy Hunter, the founder of Bookshop.org. Photograph: Idris Talib Solomon

Thoughts 💭 /

It’s a bit old, but this is an article by The Guardian which was introduced in Vol. 86 of my favorite news letter “Lobsterr” about an online bookstore called “Bookshop” whose mission is to financially support local independent bookstores. The story is about how a group of people who wanted to support their beloved local independent bookstores and publishers who were struggling came together to create an alternative to the biggest players in the industry. This article cites the story of David and Goliath, the original story of “giant killing”.

As of January 2019, the world’s 26 richest people reportedly had assets of about 1.5 trillion USD, almost as much as the assets of the 3.8 billion poorest people, half of the world’s population. Among them, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is said to have a personal fortune of about 200 billion USD, and even if we worked for 2,000 years without a break at an extremely high hourly wage of $8,000, we would not be able to reach Bezos’ fortune. He is truly a modern giant. The reason why I’m feeling so good and heartbreaking about this story even though I am not working in an independent bookstore, is because a bunch of small local bookstores are trying to fight against a giant that “no one even tries to fight” and creating an alternative choice for the people.

少し古いが、これは僕の大好きなNews Letter “Lobsterr” のVol.86 で紹介されていたThe Guardianによる「Bookshop」という地元の独立系書店を資金面で支援することを使命とするオンライン書店の記事。苦しんでいる地元の愛する独立系書店や出版社を支えたいと願う人が結集した結果、業界最大手に対抗するオルタナティブな選択肢が生まれたという話なのだが、この記事では、弱小な者が強大な者を打ち負かす番狂わせ、つまり「ジャイアント・キリング」の元になったダビデとゴリアテの話が引用されている。

2019年1月の時点で世界の富豪26人の資産は約150兆円に上り、世界人口の半数に当たる貧困層38億人が持つ資産とほぼ同額と報じられた。中でもAmazonの創業者ジェフ・ベゾス氏の個人資産は約20兆円とも言われており、8000ドル(84万円)という超高額の時給で2000年間休みなく働き続けたとしても、ベゾス氏の資産には到達できないそうだ。まさに現代の巨人だ。独立系書店で働いているわけでもないのに胸のすく気持ちがするのは「誰も戦いを挑もうともしない」巨人を相手に地元の弱小書店が束になって戦いを挑もうとしているからだ。

What went right in 2020: the top 20 good news stories of the year

LINK 👉 Positive News / 22, Dec, 2020

“It’s been a year like no other. As challenging as 2020 has been, the past 12 months have also seen big wins for the environment, society and culture, human rights – and even health. Read on for 20 stories of progress that got hidden behind the headlines in 2020”

Thoughts 💭 /

What kind of year was it for you?

I was in Phnom Penh all the time because of C-19.
Personally, my life didn’t change so much. Going to the office every day and playing football or taking pictures on the weekends, but sadly, I have many friends who lost their jobs or their salaries because of C-19.

In Cambodia, the number of people infected with corona is kept very low compared to other countries. The number of deaths is still zero. I can’t stop thinking about the people who are dedicated to the front line every day.

During the rainy season, major floods occurred in many places. Dengue fever and Chikungunya fever seemed to be common after the floods. Some of my friends had to move out of their houses.

There was a crackdown on journalists and media, and individuals were often imprisoned for posting something aggressive on social networking sites. There were times when garbage collection companies went on strike and garbage was left all over town. Schools were closed and it was a very difficult year for teachers and students alike to devote time to study. The response to the socially vulnerable remained extremely Cambodian.

When I start writing about it, it seems that there are many dark stories, but I would like to focus on some bright ones.

At work, we held an online event and introduced some new car models to Cambodia. Regular meetings with the head quarter of the Asian region were also introduced, and new values and ways of thinking were spread. On a personal level, my photography work has increased, and my photos have been seen by more people than ever before. I have more time to talk with close friends, and I have been blessed with a new generation of friends. I have more time to think about where I’m going and what will really enrich my life in the future. Most recently, my housekeeper’s child was born healthy and happy.

This year has been a tough year for everyone, “a year like no other,” as everybody says, but this article also reminds us that there are many positive things that have happened in the world that we cannot overlook.

10 unforgettable images from our Year in Pictures issue

LINK 👉 National Geographic / 8, Dec, 2020

“National Geographic photographers document a year that tested, isolated, empowered, and brought hope to the world.”

Thoughts 💭 /
Beautiful pictures through National Geographic photographers. There were a lot of tough things happened world wide this year. Covid-19, BLM, US Presidential Election, Wildfires… most of the memories are quite tough. But when I look back this year personally, I had some good things like taking more time to talk with friends / families, taking more time to read, build a new web site. What is yours? I do hope 2021 would be a better year for the world, you, and me.

A Year Like No Other

LINK 👉 The New York Times / Year in Pictures Series

“Certain years are so eventful they are regarded as pivotal in history, years when wars and slavery ended and deep generational fissures burst into the open — 1865, 1945 and 1968 among them. The year 2020 will certainly join this list. It will long be remembered and studied as a time when more than 1.5 million people globally died during a pandemic, racial unrest gripped the world, and democracy itself faced extraordinary tests.”

Fabio Bucciarelli for The New York Times