You may not get hurt unless you approach entertainment. But without it, humans can not live.

Bakushomondai, Hikari Ota

 

 

People's feelings are kind and cruel. It's a grotesque thing, says the comedian. Entertainment, like music, moves those emotions and also guides them to an unexpected place. It not only saves people but also hurts them. Entertainment takes on the part that goes over "simple nice words" as found in textbooks. It is the end when we put a lid on it. From "Geininjingo," the second, "Sin" ("A Book" May issue).

 

"May 13  2019

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"