2012年8月31日金曜日

ライブ終了☆

本日二日目も盛り上がりましたよ!

西荻窪、奇聞屋さんは笑いとノリのルツボと化しました!

ピアニスト家業もなかなかに佳いものです☆
今度はギタリストでも参加したいねぇ!!

昨日はパワフルなロックな世界なら、今日は昭和なフォークとジャズな世界。
アコースティックも佳いものですな。

楽しい二日間をお客様と共に過ごせました!ありがとう!!

写真はフリークルーズ主催者のボビことカズ君です☆(^_^)ノ

またやろうね!

P.S.
僕のお芝居お待ちの方へ!

現在、企画進行中☆
もう少しお待ちください!!

お楽しみに!!

ハワード・ジンのインタビュー


友人からの情報で、亡くなる直前のハワード・ジンのインタビューが観れます。

 Bob! I greatly appreciate your kindness!

下はそのインタビューのトランスクリプトです☆
非常に興味深いので、アップします!

December 11, 2009
BILL MOYERS: There’s a long tradition in America of people power, and no one has done more to document it than the historian, Howard Zinn. Listen to this paragraph from his most famous book. Quote: “If democracy were to be given any meaning, if it were to go beyond the limits of capitalism and nationalism, this would not come, if history were any guide, from the top. It would come through citizen’s movements, educating, organizing, agitating, striking, boycotting, demonstrating, threatening those in power with disruption of the stability they needed.” This son of a working class family got a job in the Brooklyn shipyards and then flew as a bombardier during World War II. He went to NYU on the G.I. Bill, taught history at Spellman College in Atlanta, where he was first active in the Civil Rights movement, and then became a professor of political science at Boston University.
There, he and his students sought a more down-to-earth way of looking at American history. And when no book could provide it, Zinn decided to write one. Since his publication in 1980, “A People’s History of the United States” has sold more than two million copies. This Sunday night, the History Channel will premiere a 90-minute special, “The People Speak” based on Howard Zinn’s book. It was produced by Zinn along with Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Chris Moore and Anthony Arnove.
[VIGGO MORTENSEN as PLOUGH JOGGER]: Let them say what they will.
BILL MOYERS: Actors and musicians bring to life voices of protests from America’s past ―
[DARRYL MCDANIELS as DAVID WALKER]: All men are created equal.
BILL MOYERS: - performing words and music that have given us, as Howard Zinn himself says, “whatever liberty or democracy we have.” Welcome to the Journal.
HOWARD ZINN: Oh, thank you, Bill.
BILL MOYERS: So, history and Hollywood. Is this the beginning of a new career for you?
HOWARD ZINN: I hope not. No, but I am happy it is a way of reaching a larger audience with the ideas that were in the book. The -- well, the ideas that you just spoke about. The idea of people involved in history, people actively making history, people agitating and demonstrating, and pushing the leaders of the country into change in a way that leaders themselves are not likely to initiate.
BILL MOYERS: What do you think these characters from the past that we will see on the screen, what do they have to say to us today?
HOWARD ZINN: Well, I think what they have to say to us today is think for yourself. Don’t believe what the people up there tell you. Live your own life. Think your own ideas. And don’t depend on saviors. Don’t depend on the Founding Fathers, on Andrew Jackson, on Theodore Roosevelt, on Lyndon Johnson, on Obama. Don’t depend on our leaders to do what needs to be done.
Because whenever the government has done anything to bring about change, it’s done so only because it’s been pushed and prodded by social movements, by ordinary people organizing, by, you know, Lincoln pushed by the anti-slavery movement. You know, Johnson and Kennedy pushed by the southern black movement. And maybe hopefully Obama today, maybe he will be pushed by people today who have such high hopes in him, and who want to see him fulfill those hopes.
You know, traditional history creates passivity because it gives you the people at the top and it makes you think that all you have to do is go to the polls every four years and elect somebody who’s going to do the trick for you. And no. We want people to understand that that’s not going to happen. People have to do it themselves. And so that’s what we hope these readings will inspire.
BILL MOYERS: One of my favorite sequences is in here, is when we meet Genora Dollinger. Tell me about her.
HOWARD ZINN: She was a woman who got involved in sit-down strikes of the 1930s. Those very dramatic moments when workers occupied the factories of General Motors and wouldn’t leave, and therefore left the corporations helpless. But this was a time when strikes all over the country galvanized people and pushed the New Deal into the reforms that we finally got from the New Deal. And Genora Dollinger represents the women who are very often overlooked in these struggles, women so instrumental in supporting the workers, their men, their sweethearts. And Genora Dollinger just inspires people with her words.
BILL MOYERS: She was only 23 when she organized.
HOWARD ZINN: Amazing. Yes.
[MARISSA TOMEI as GENORA DOLLINGER]: Workers overturned police cars to make barricades. They ran to pick up the fire bombs thrown at them and hurl them back at the police. The men wanted to me to get out of the way. You know the old “protect the women and children” business. I told them, “Get away from me.” The lights went on in my head. I thought I have never used a loud speaker to address a large crowd of people but I’ve got to tell them there are women down here. I called to them, “Cowards! Cowards! Shooting into the bellies of unarmed men and firing at the mothers of children.” And then everything became quiet. I thought, “The women can break this up.” So I appealed to the women in the crowd, “Break through those police lines and come down here and stand beside your husbands and your brothers and your uncles and your sweethearts.” I could barely see one woman struggling to come forward. A cop had grabbed her by the back of her coat. She just pulled out of that coat and she started walking down to the battle zone. As soon as that happened there were other women and men who followed. That was the end of the battle. When those spectators came into the center of the battle and the police retreated, there was a big roar of victory.
BILL MOYERS: That’s Marisa Tomei as Genora Dollinger. What do you think when you hear those words?
HOWARD ZINN: First, I must say this, Bill. When my daughter saw this she heard Marisa Tomei shout to the police, “Cowards, cowards.” My daughter said a chill, a chill went through her. She was so moved. And so, when I see this, and I’ve seen this so many times, and each time I am moved because what it tells me is that just ordinary people, you know, people who are not famous, if they get together, if they persist, if they defy the authorities, they can defeat the largest corporation in the world.
BILL MOYERS: When I was last at the National Portrait Gallery in London, I was struck all over again by how the portraits there were all of wealthy people who could afford to hire an artist. It’s like when you go to Egypt, and you see the pyramids and the tombs, you realize that it was only the wealthy people who could afford to consider their legacy and have the leisure time to do what they want to. We know almost nothing about the ordinary people of Egypt, right?
HOWARD ZINN: Exactly. I remember when I was going to, you know, high school and learning, it was such a thrilling story to read about the Transcontinental Railroad. You know, and the meeting of the two union pacific -- you know, the golden spike and all of that. But I wasn’t told that this railroad was built by Chinese and Irish workers who worked by the thousands- long hours, some- many of them died in sickness, and overwork, and so on. I wasn’t told about these working people. And so, that’s what we’re trying to do in this documentary. That’s what I tried to do in the People’s History of the United States. To bring back into the forefront the people who created what was called the economical miracle of the United States.
BILL MOYERS: One of your producers of this film is Matt Damon. And I understand that when Matt Damon was in the fifth grade, he took a copy of this book into his teacher on Columbus Day and said, “What is this? We’re here to celebrate this great event, but two years after Columbus discovered America, 100,000 Indians were dead according to Howard Zinn. He said, what’s going on?” Is that a true story?
HOWARD ZINN: It’s true. Not all stories are true. But this ― it’s true. Matt Damon, when he was ten years old, was given a copy of my book by his mother. They were next-door neighbors of ours.
BILL MOYERS: Oh. I didn’t know that. Where?
HOWARD ZINN: In the Boston area, in Newton. And Matt would say that he and his brother Kyle would- they’d wake up sometime in the middle of the night and see the light on in my study, where I was writing this book. So, they were in on it from the beginning. So, yeah, Matt knew the book early.
BILL MOYERS: Even today, people are inspired by celebrities, TV performers, athletes, famous politicians. Are there people doing today what Genora Dollinger and others did in the past?
HOWARD ZINN: I think there are people like that today. But very often, they’re ignored in the media. You know, or they appear for a day, you know, on the pages of the Times or the Post. They- and then they disappear. But, well, you know, there are those people recently who sat in Chicago in this plant that was going to be closed by the Bank of America and these people sat in and refused to leave. I mean, that was a modern-day incarnation of what the sit-down strike is- in the 1930s. But there are people ― there are people today who are fighting evictions, fighting foreclosures. And, you know, very often, there’s a superficial understanding of a passive citizenry today, which is not true. There are people all over the country who are really conscience-stricken about what’s going on. But the media are not covering them very well.
BILL MOYERS: So, help us get a handle on the word and the tradition of Populism. What was Populism in essence?
HOWARD ZINN: Well, populi-- the word Populism came into being in the late 1800s, 1880, 1890, when great corporations dominated the country, the railroads, and the banks, and these farmers were victims of them. And these farmers got together and they organized north and south, and they formed the Populist movement. It was a great people’s movement. And they sent orators around the country, and they published thousands of pamphlets. And it was-- I would say a high moment for American democracy.
BILL MOYERS: Well, if populism is thriving today, it seems to be thriving on the right. I mean, Sarah Palin, for example. And the tea parties. Some-- one conservative writer recently in “The Weekly Standard” even said that Sarah Palin could be the William Jennings Bryan of this new conservative era because she is giving voice to millions of people who feel angry at what the government is doing, who feel that they’re being cheated out of a prosperous way of life by forces beyond their control. What do you think about that idea?
HOWARD ZINN: Well, I guess William Jennings Bryan would turn over in his grave if he heard. William Jennings Bryan was antiwar, and she is not antiwar, she is very militaristic and so on. But it’s true that she represents a certain angry part of the population. And I think it’s true that when people are ― feel beleaguered and people feel that they are being overlooked, they will turn to whoever seems to represent them. Some of them will turn to her. And some of them will turn to the right-wingers, and you might say that’s how fascism develops in countries, because they play upon the anger and the frustration of people. But on the other hand, that anger, that frustration can also lead to people’s movements that are progressive. You can go the way traditionally of the Populists, of the labor movement of the ‘30s, of the Civil Rights movement, of the women’s movement to bring about change in this country.
BILL MOYERS: You mentioned the women’s movement, and there’s another remarkable moment in your film of Susan B. Anthony, when she’s on trial for trying to vote when she and other women didn’t have the right.
[JOSH BROLIN as JUDGE HUNT]: The sentence of the Court is that you pay a fine of one hundred dollars and the costs of the prosecution.
[CHRISTINA KIRK as SUSAN B. ANTHONY]: May it please your honor, I will never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty. All the stock in trade I possess is a debt of $10,000, incurred by publishing my paper “The Revolution” the sole object of which was to educate all women to do precisely as I have done, rebel against your man-made, unjust, unconstitutional forms of law, which tax, fine, imprison and hang women, while denying them the right of representation in the government; and I will work on with might and main to pay every dollar of that honest debt, but not a penny shall go to this unjust claim. And I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old revolutionary maxim, “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.”
HOWARD ZINN: Christina Kirk, a wonderful actress and she brings Susan B. Anthony alive. And I think what that says to people today is you must stick up for your principles, even if it means breaking the law. Civil disobedience, it’s what Thoreau urged, it’s what Martin Luther King, Jr. urged. It’s what was done during the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War. If you think you’re right, then ― Susan B. Anthony thought it was right for her to try to register to vote. And yeah, people should defy the rules if they think they’re doing the right thing.
BILL MOYERS: You have said elsewhere that if President Obama were listening to Martin Luther King, Jr. he’d be making some different decisions. What do you mean by that?
HOWARD ZINN: Well, first of all, he’d be taking our troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and he’d be saying we are no longer going to be a war-making country. We’re not going to be a military country. We’re going to take our immense resources, our wealth, we’re going to use it for the benefit of people. Remember, Martin Luther King started a Poor People’s Campaign just before he was assassinated. And if Obama paid attention to the working people of this country, then he would be doing much, much more than he is doing now.
BILL MOYERS: I remember- all of us remember who were around then that 1967 speech that Martin Luther King gave here in New York at the Riverside Church, a year before his assassination. And he said, “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice, a structure, which produces beggars, needs restructuring.” I mean, that’s pretty fundamental, right? Change the system?
HOWARD ZINN: King had a much more fundamental critique of our economic system. And certainly more fundamental than Obama has because a fundamental critique of our economic system would not simply give hundreds of billions of dollars to the bankers and so on, and give a little bit to the people below. A fundamental change in our system would really create a greater equalization of wealth, would I think give us free medical care. Not the kind of half-baked health reforms that are being now debated in Congress.
BILL MOYERS: This is one reason you are seen as a threat to other people. People at the top, because your message, like King’s message, goes to a fundamental allocation of power in America, right?
HOWARD ZINN: Yeah, that is very troublesome for people at the top. They’re willing to let people think about mild reforms and little changes, and incremental changes, but they don’t want people to think that we could actually transform this country into a peaceful country, that we no longer have to be a super military power. They don’t want to think that way because it’s profitable for certain interests in this country to carry on war, to have military bases in 100 countries, to have a $600 billion military budget. That makes a lot of money for certain people. But it leaves the rest of the country behind.
BILL MOYERS: Take a look at this.
[VIGGO MORTENSEN as IWW MEMBER]: If you were a bum without a blanket; if you had left your wife and kids when you went west for a job, and had never located them since; if your job had never kept you long enough in a place to qualify you to vote; if you slept in a lousy, sour bunkhouse, and ate food just as rotten as they could give you and get by with it; if deputy sheriffs shot your cooking cans full of holes and spilled your grub on the ground; if your wages were lowered on you when the bosses thought they had you down; if every person who represented law and order and the nation beat you up, railroaded you to jail, and the good Christian people cheered and told them to go to it, how in the hell do you expect a man to be patriotic? This war is a business man’s war and we don’t see why we should go out and get shot in order to save the lovely state of affairs which we now enjoy.
HOWARD ZINN: Viggo Mortensen. And he’s reading the words of a labor person, I.W.W. man--
BILL MOYERS: I.W.W., International Workers of the World? (Editor’s Note ― Correction: IWW is Industrial Workers of the World)
HOWARD ZINN: That’s right. And they refused to go along with World War I, and he’s explaining why they won’t. And he ― basically, he’s speaking to poor people in all wars. Your-- he’s saying, “It’s a businessman’s war.” And war is a businessman’s war. It always is. And so, the people- the ordinary guys were like- and Viggo Mortensen portrays here- ordinary guys have nothing to gain from this war.
BILL MOYERS: So, how do you explain the absence of protest in the streets today? The abs- the passivity in response to the fact that we will-- we have now doubled the number of troops in Afghanistan that George W. Bush had. How do explain the apathy?
HOWARD ZINN: Let’s put it this way ― I don’t think people are apathetic about it. I believe most people in this country do not want us to be in Afghanistan. But they’re not doing anything about it, you’re right. We’re not seeing protests in the street. And I think one of those reasons is that the media- the major media, television, and newspapers- they have not played their role in educating the public about what is going on.
BILL MOYERS: There was a poll late this week showing that a bare majority of Americans do support sending more troops to Afghanistan. How do you read that?
HOWARD ZINN: You have to remember this ― it is not easy for people to oppose sending troops to Afghanistan, especially once they have been sent and once the decision has been made. It’s not easy for people to oppose what the President is saying, and what the media are saying, what both major parties are working for. And so, the very fact that even close to a majority of the people are opposed to sending troops to Afghanistan tells me that many more people are opposed. So I have a fundamental faith in the basic decency, and even, yes, the wisdom of people, once they make their way through the deceptions that are thrown at them. And we’ve seen this historically. People learn.
BILL MOYERS: I was struck in your special by what the labor leader, Cesar Chavez, had to say about organizing his fellow farm workers.
[MARTIN ESPADA as CESAR CHAVEZ]: I’m not very different from anyone else who has ever tried to accomplish something with his life. My motivation comes from watching what my mother and father went through when I was growing up; from what we experienced as migrant farm workers in California. It grew from anger and rage ― emotions I felt 40 years ago when people of my color were denied the right to see a movie or eat at a restaurant in many parts of California. It grew from the frustration and humiliation I felt as a boy who couldn’t understand how the growers could abuse and exploit farm workers when there were so many of us and so few of them.
I began to realize what other minority people had discovered: That the only answer-the only hope-was in organizing.
Like the other immigrant groups, the day will come when we win the economic and political rewards which are in keeping with our numbers in society. The day will come when the politicians do the right thing by our people out of political necessity and not out of charity or idealism. That day may not come this year. That day may not come during this decade. But it will come.
BILL MOYERS: It will come. Martín Espada as Cesar Chavez.
HOWARD ZINN: Yeah, a great poet.
BILL MOYERS: Do you believe that it will come?
HOWARD ZINN: I do. I can’t give you a date.
BILL MOYERS: Gee.
HOWARD ZINN: But I have confidence in the future. You know why? You know, you have to be patient. Farm workers were at one point in as helpless a position as the labor movement is today. But as Cesar Chavez said, we learned that you have to organize. And it takes time, it takes patience, it takes persistence. I mean, think of how long black people in the South waited--
BILL MOYERS: Three hundred years.
HOWARD ZINN: Yeah.
BILL MOYERS: A long- and then―100 years after the Civil War which was fought for freedom.
HOWARD ZINN: Yeah. Well, I don’t think we’ll have to wait 100 years.
BILL MOYERS: So, populism isn’t really- and people’s power, isn’t really a left or right issue, is it? It’s more us versus them, bottom versus top?
HOWARD ZINN: It’s democracy. You know, democracy doesn’t come from the top. It comes from the bottom. Democracy is not what governments do. It’s what people do. Too often, we go to junior high school and they sort of teach us democracy is three branches of government. You know, it’s not the three branches of government.
BILL MOYERS: I’d like to end with a woman who showed us the power of a single voice, speaking for democracy. Born into slavery, largely uneducated, she spoke out for the rights of all people who didn’t have any. I mean she was an unforgettable truth teller, you know. And here is Kerry Washington as Sojourner Truth.
[KERRY WASHINGTON as SOJOURNER TRUTH]: That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as any man ― when I could get it ― and I could bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most sold off into slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman? That man in the back there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ‘cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Well, where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? He came from God and a woman! Man didn’t have nothing to do with it. If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, well these women here together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And they asking to do it, the men better let them.
BILL MOYERS: Why did you include that one?
HOWARD ZINN: Well, we included that one because it’s so empowering. And, I mean, because here is this woman who was a slave and, you know, oppressed on all sides, and she’s defiant. And so, she represents the voice of people who’ve been overlooked. And she represents a voice which is rebellious and, yeah, troublesome to the powers that be.
BILL MOYERS: Well, I will be watching the History Channel Sunday evening with your book in my lap. Howard Zinn, “A People’s History of the United States.” Thank you for being with me.
HOWARD ZINN: Thank you, Bill.
BILL MOYERS: That’s it for the Journal. Go to our website at pbs.org and click on “Bill Moyers Journal.” You will find out more about historian Howard Zinn and read a selection of his writings. There’s also a web exclusive essay on land mines and Barack Obama’s Nobel Prize. That’s all at pbs.org. I’m Bill Moyers. See you next time.

2012年8月30日木曜日

さあ!ライブが始まるぜ☆


もうすぐです☆

P.S.
どうしても写真が縦にならないよ〜。。。。。
なぜ????

とりあえず、初日は無事終了☆
明日の二日目も燃えるぜぃ〜!!!!!

2012年8月28日火曜日

電線と雲



残暑が続きますが、心なしか日陰は涼しいね。
今日も見上げてみたら、青い空と雲。

遠くシリアに思いをはせる。まるで日本と無関係なのか?そんなはずはない。日本人のジャーナリストが命を落とし、そればかりか、銃撃した犯人も特定されないまま政府軍の仕業ということで落ち着いてしまった感があります。
しかし、事実は何もわかってないということ!
勝手に終わらすなよ!ニュース番組も新聞も!

日本は先進国では珍しく電線が外にむき出しになってる国なんだってね。
でも見えないより見えた方がいいかも。
こんな風に張り巡らせた電線でも、空を埋め尽くすことはできない。むしろ青空をより青く感じさせてくれるだけ。  

昭和な風景かもしれないけど、僕は電線と電信柱のある風景が好きです。
まだこの世界の匂いを感じることができるから。
この電線の遥か向こうにシリアはあるんだぜ!

ああ! 
夏も、もうすぐ終わりさ!

今週、ライブハウスでお待ちしております!

2012年8月27日月曜日

散歩

暑いけど午前中はまだ気持ちいいんですね。
そこで、メタボな僕はウォーキング&ランニング!!

思い切り汗をかいて、シャワーを浴びるのが気に入ってしまい、もう癖です、癖。
そして、歩きながら、空を見上げるのが大好きなのですよ。
すると、電線の向こうに夏色の空と、公園の電車図書館の木漏れ日が見える。
夏はきっと毎年くるのでしょうが、今年の夏は一度きり。
蝉に八日目のように、僕らの八日目がいつかはわからないけれど、必ずある。
もしかしたら、今年の夏が七日目かもしれないし、まだ三日目なのかもしれない。
いずれにしても、「一期一会」はしっかり受け止めたいですね。

朝、九時から始まったNHKの国会中継。
全くリアリティーのない空虚なやりとりが虚しすぎる。僕はすぐに国会中継よりも外に出ることを選んだ。
僕は歩く。
僕は走る。
そして僕は空をいつのものように見上げ、考える。
味わう。

昨夜知ったことを思い出す。七十年代初頭、米国がバンアレン帯に風穴を空けようとして、逆にメガトン級の核爆弾でバンアレン帯の手前に巨大な放射線ブロックを作り出していたらしい。ほんとかよ?
そんなことを考えながら、人間の馬鹿さ加減は今に始まったことじゃない、などと考える。
少なくとも、散歩しながら、僕は権力から遠く離れている自分を感じる。
そして、こうしてこのまま生きていきたいと願う。
この地球での生活時間も七日目までさ。



木漏れ日の中、地球を今なんとしても戦場にしようとしている連中の、哀れな思惑に思いを馳せる。
馬鹿者どもには、この電車公園の木漏れ日は見えないに違いない。

アポロ11号のニール・アームストロング船長が亡くなったそうだ。
人間はあの時、本当に月に行ったのだろうか?

そんなことよりも、僕はこの地球上の木漏れ日を大切に味わいたいと思ったよ。

2012年8月26日日曜日

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芳雄さん

映画『シンガポールスリング』原田芳雄さん☆Thanks!!!

俳優の原田芳雄さんが亡くなったのは去年の夏でした。
もうずいぶんお会いしていませんでした。

芳雄さんとは歌手の徳永英明君の企画・原案で撮った映画『シンガポールスリング』でご一緒しました。
なかなかきつい思い出のある作品で、十七年という歳月の中でその後スクリーンにかかることもありませんでした。
ネットでは叩かれもしましたが、僕自身はオーストラリアの東海岸ブリズベーンでのロケハンや様々な関わった人々との出会いも懐かしく思い出されます。
恐らく人々の記憶からもすっかり消えてしまった作品だったかもしれません。

2010年の夏から秋にかけて。
今からちょうど二年前になりますが、銀座シネパトスの「原田芳雄映画祭」で上演されたんですね。
僕は芳雄さんが自分の冠映画祭でこの映画を推薦してくれていたなんて知りませんでした。
芳雄さんの生前お気に入りの十本のひとつに、この作品を選んでくれたなんて、僕は知りませんでした。
最近、偶然にこの上映のことを知り、天国の芳雄さんに感謝で一杯です。
実は、涙が止まらないよ。

芳雄さん!
ほんとに、ありがとう!!
ケンの役を芳雄さんが受けてくれたこと、ほんとに心から感謝しています!!
そして、心よりご冥福お祈り申し上げます。


映画『シンガポールスリング』の主題歌
徳永英明君の「FRIENDS」です。聴いてください。

2012年8月9日木曜日

木曽川のほとり


木曽川のほとりを見る。
真夏の太陽は容赦なく照りつけ、肌を焼き、瞳を焦がす。
なんて言いながら、洗濯物を取り込んで、ベランダから木曽川を見る。
小学生ほどの大きさのオオサンショウウオは元気だろうか?
明日の花火大会はどれだけ人が集まるのだろうか?
濃い青緑の川面に太陽が照り返し、夏の香りを伝えてくる。
遠くから飛行機の飛ぶ音。
東京とさして変わらぬ音だけど、太陽の暑さと漂う空気感が違うのだ。
やはりここに来て良かった。
木曽川よ、流れよ。
流れて、やがて海へ向かえ。
その源の流れを、僕は今、見ている。

2012年8月5日日曜日

「出会いが再会」なら「別れは・・・」

『すべての出会いは、再会である』
僕は講義でこう語りました。
そして、こんな質問がありました。

「出会いが再会」なら「別れは・・・」何だろう?
すべての出会いは、再会である。この言葉の続きはこうです。

『別れは出会いの始まり』

僕らは何かに出会うには、別れなければならない。というのは、一度孤独になってからでなければ、出会いが再会であることに気づけないからなのです。僕たち人間は慣れと惰性の生き物のようです。すぐに馴染んでしまう。すぐに怠惰になり、すぐにすべてが当たり前のこととして、受け流してしまう。馴染んでしまうことを避けたい、と僕は思う。馴染んで当たり前になるよりも、むしろできる限り毎瞬新鮮な瞬間として生き直したい。
生き直す瞬間を僕はモーメントと呼んでいます。
従って、僕の表現は正確にはこうなります。

『すべての出会いは、再会である。
だから、別れこそ出会いのはじまりなんだよ。
すなわち、僕らは、絶えず一瞬一瞬を生き直してるんだ。
絶えず生き直すこと。それを僕は人生と呼びたい』

僕の答えは、今のところ、こうです。



窓の外には、真っ青に晴れ渡った空に、雲がぽっかり浮かんでいます。
我が家ではそんな雲を「ジブリ雲」と言ってます。
今朝はジブリ雲を眺めながら、こんなことを思いました。

2012年8月4日土曜日

とうとう

ボアソナード・タワーから見た東京の空

夏真っ盛り!
汗をかきつつ通った市ヶ谷の講義も、とうとう今日で最終日☆
熱血でしゃべり続けましたが、なにか意味のあることがひとつでも伝われば、僕はそれで満足。
無意味感と虚脱感とイライラが支配的な今日の世界にあって、意味を見いだそうとすることは、少なくとも人間の取るべき一歩だと思う。
毎日、青空と白い入道雲と蝉の声という夏の真っ只中で、思考が途切れることなく続く。
人は生有る限り思考し続け、行動し続ける。これは宿命だ。
今日もジーパンとスニーカーで、リュック背負って大学に通おう!
ひたすら「ここに存在することの意味」を求めて。
意味を嘲笑うことなく、冷笑することなく、必死で、滑稽で、愚かしくも、夢中になって生きよう!
朝の七時を過ぎると、蝉の声も大分多くなるようだ。
書庫の窓の外にはすでに入道雲がニョキニョキ立ち上がる姿が見え、緑の桜の葉に夏の光が降り注ぐ。
ああ!生きてるっていうのはなんて素晴らしいんだ!
生きるとは、感謝そのものだね。
勝手に生きてるんじゃないね、生かされてるんだね。
すべてに感謝だね!
ありがとう!愚かしくも素晴らしき世界!
明日は、久しぶりのバンドのリハ☆
ガッツンガッツン!ロックするぜい!!!

四谷駅の青空

2012年8月3日金曜日

あれからもう・・・

あれからもう一年以上が経過して、過去のものになりつつあるのだろうか。
311である。

苦しみを癒やすには時の経過が必要だ。そして、楽しい明るい話題が必要なのだと思う。しかし、絶えず僕の心の中には棘があり、その突き刺すような痛みが胸を刺す。

僕の友人、岩手大学で教鞭を執る佐藤竜一君の著書を紹介したい。

『それぞれの戊辰戦争』現代書館 佐藤竜一著
この本の精神はその帯に強く表れている。
「戊辰戦争の悲劇は再び繰り返されるのか!! 2011年3月11日ー東日本大震災、続く原発事故。福島から多くの人々が転出せざるを得なくなり、苦しんでいる。140余年前の戊辰戦争の負の遺産を引き受けたのも、東の人々だった。戊辰戦争とは何だったのか?その意味を改めて問い、敗れた人々の誇り高い生き様を評価し、被災地の再興を願う。」
そして、
東北の、東日本大震災後の苦難と戊辰戦争後の辛酸が重なる。
「 ……その戦いで最も悲惨な目にあったのは会津藩の人々です。戊辰戦争後、会津藩の人々は斗南藩士(現青森県むつ市)として生きる者、会津に残る者、北海道へ渡る者など、離散しました。福島第一原発事故の影響で今、福島に住む人々は、それこそ、全国各地にちりぢりになっています、まるで百四十余年前のように……。盛岡藩や仙台藩の人々など東北に住む人々も、辛酸をなめました。戊辰戦争に敗れたために、「白河以北一山百文」と蔑まれ、東北の開発は遅れ、経済的にも苦しい時期が続きました。それでも、東北の人々は反骨心をバネにして自らの運命を果敢に切り拓いてきました。」本文より引用(海文堂書店日記ホームページより)

311後の様々な試練は、実は140年ほど前に日本の東が味わった悲劇と共通したものがある。
この言説は重い。少なくとも、福島の、いや東北の今は去年から始まったわけではないのだと思う。この書物で描かれた140年という過去の歴史的事実は、その後の様々な東北の状況と重なって見えるのである。
たとえば、昔、北海道に当時のソ連の戦闘機ミグが飛来したことがあった。
その時、一般市民の僕らはほとんど知らされることがなかったが、北海道に自衛隊の戦車部隊が集結し、北海道にその後飛来する可能性のあるソ連空挺部隊に備えていたのだ。北海道ないしは東北で食い止めるために。
かねてより噂されていたのだが、関越トンネルは日本海側から進入する敵戦闘部隊の進入を防ぐため爆破する準備がとられているらしい。すなわち、日本が北部方面から攻撃された場合、速やかに東北地方は閉鎖され、捨てられる体制が出来ていたらしい。
これが、単なる憶測や妄想であればいいとおもう。しかしながら、現実には日本の東側に対する「棄民」的な政策がこれまでもすでにあったのでは?と僕は思う。

小さな思い出をひとつ。
僕は岩手の小学校で六年生になるまで「脱脂粉乳」を飲まされました。戦後の食糧政策の一環で給食には付き物の脱脂粉乳。ですが、その正体はアメリカが日本に戦後もたらした「豚の飼料」でした。東京近辺では脱脂粉乳はいつまで飲まれていたのだろうと、実はいろいろ調べたことがありました。平均的には昭和33年生まれの小学生は小学校三年か四年で終了していたのです。教えていただきたいのですが、九州等の南や西の方ではどうですか?やはり小学六年生くらいまで飲まされましたか?
これまで聞き取りでは、圧倒的に最期まで脱脂粉乳の給食だったのは、東北地方のように思われます。
これは被害者意識でも何でもありません。
「東」は百年以上も前から同じだったのだということを忘れまい。
『それぞれの戊辰戦争』お勧めです!

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