This society is steeped in the notion that we have everything we need. I know, because I was steeped in it too until I met Jun’ichi. The sad part is that people don’t like it when you begin to realize that something important is missing. You can end up being ostracized, or even persecuted, like witches in the Middle Ages.
But the social pressure of “You’ve got everything you need, what’s your problem?” is more powerful than you might think, and it’s hard to defend yourself against it. In this country it’s taboo even to think about looking for something more in life.
で、4分の3くらいのページで「おぉ、このまま溶解していくのか？」と一瞬思ったけれども、龍小説残すところ後の4分の1がこのまま軟着陸で終わるはずがない、と不穏な予感がした、タランティーノの”Once Upon A Time In ...Hollywood”の前半で「あれ、暴力シーンがないな？」と思ってもそのまま終わるはずがないのと同じである、その不穏な予感は的中して「うぉぉぉ、そうきたか〜...！」とまた手に汗握るはめになるのである。あまり書くとネタばれになってしまうからこれ以上書かないでおくけど...
She was an ordinary person. But by ‘ordinary’ I just mean that she didn’t have any need to dramatize herself. It’s not a criticism. I don’t think of the urge to perform as something that adds to a person’s character. If anything, it’s a defect, especially when it’s coupled with a need to compete.
Look. Isn’t it true that nobody has anywhere to go? You’ve got to find something that allows you not to think about going anywhere. Having somewhere to go—for most people that just means having an errand to run. Somebody’s ordering them around. I think that’s true for everybody, from the lowliest grunt to the president. I’ve thought about this ever since you’ve been gone. I don’t know if you’ve got any particular talents or not, but I know you’re a person who needs to live life without running errands. Find something that, when you’re doing it, makes you feel like you don’t have anywhere to go. If you don’t find it, you’ll end up having to go somewhere you don’t want to.”
Adama was loyal-not to me, mind you.He was a believer, but it wasn't me he believed in. He believed in something that was part of the very air we breathed in the late sixties, and he was loyal to that something. It wouldn't be easy to explain what that something was.
Whatever it was, though, it made us free. It saved us from being bound to a single set of values.