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Empathy is Dead, Grab the Defibrillator

I’m the kind of person who notices all the internal problems with society. No society is perfect, but that shouldn’t mean that we can’t improve ourselves and hope that our personal changes ripple onto others.

Something that’s really present in the world currently is the lack of empathy surrounding us. However, I’m not the only one saying this. At the release of their track “The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry)”, British pop-punk band As It Is spoke about the concept of the song. They said,

“This song and video tackle toxic masculinity, gender expectations and the long overdue need to rebel and speak out against outdated ideals that to this day continue to threaten individuality. The eponymous ‘stigma’ is that sense of blemish and shame so often associated with showing and expressing emotion, that causes too many to hide who they are…in these increasingly disconnected times, where empathy is seemingly on a decline at many levels of everyday modern life, it is vital to stand up against such outdated tropes.”

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Taka’s Thankful for Bad Experiences?

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Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK’s frontman Takahiro Moriuchi interviewed with Rockin’ On Japan in 2012, Taka had a lot of interesting things to say. For one, he was publicly going by the name Morita since 2005. Only a year after the interview did that change in 2013 as he seemingly came to terms with his birth name.

Why Morita and not Moriuchi? Morita was his mother, Masako’s maiden name. After conflict with his father, Shinichi and his parent’s divorce in 2005, Taka was left on his own, still a teenager. Rather than letting it be a negative experience, Taka made it positive. Somehow he pulled through. He joined his band ONE OK ROCK, found a job and his own place. His life changed dramatically and so did he, something he’s thankful for.

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