Hans' YouTube Book Japanese Society and Culture in Perspective

"The Island in the Distance" - drawing by Hans Brinckmann, 1966

Habri Opinion Habri Diary Attention!

If your time to you

Is worth savin'

Then you better start swimmin'

Or you'll sink like a stone.

For the times they are a-changin'

Bob Dylan wrote this in 1964, in the midst of the Vietnam War. But he could have written it last year or last month or last week. For the times they keep a-changin.' Or is it more of the same? Terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, continuing horrific famine in South Sudan and elsewhere in Africa, Trump withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.... Hardly a day goes by without some news about another act of barbarism or a natural calamity or an irresponsible, off-the-cuff tweet or decision by that man in the White House...

Your Habri team is fortunate to live in a country that so far has been spared the worst of these disasters, apart from the devastating earthquakes, that is. But as shown in the above picture, whether we are caught between greenery or hard rocks, and between withered trees or young shoots, it's important to keep the mind focused on the distant island. "That," says Hans, "is what counts most."