Is There Nothing to Be Afraid of If Everyone Jaywalks On A Red Light?

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Nov 25, 2013 11:29
Generally speaking, Japanese people like group activities. Many of them go abroad in large groups. A group of company employees go to a recreation trip, and elementary, junior and high school students go to school excursions in big parties.

When my daughter was in elementary school, all children in the neighborhood used to go to school in groups. In those days, about 12-13 students gathered in front of the gate of the condominium where I live, and walked to school all together. Still, some elementary schools have such a rule to protect them against traffic accidents or strangers.

Kitano Takeshi, who is a renown movie directer and TV commentator, created a phrase on everybody's lips many years ago: "If everyone crosses against the red light, then there's nothing to be afraid of." It's obsolete now, but it sarcastically tells Japanese people's behavioral pattern. It'a a shame, but it's true that there are some people who don't feel guilty about doing something wrong if others do so.

I personally don't like group activities, since they restrict my freedom. The proverb says, "The more, the merrier," but I think the downside of group activities is that it may deprive them of their independent spirit. What do you think about that?