Friday, January 05, 2007

Shutting Out The Sun

This scared me a bit.

I was listening to As It Happens, and there was an interview with Michael Zielenziger, author of Shutting Out The Sun. It chronicles the lives of Japanese men, who literally vow to lock themselves in their rooms and not contribute to society. What's offsetting about this is that there are close to one million Japanese men (or "hikikomori"), who choose to live this life.

Imagine, never leaving your house, never getting married, never getting a job, and never making an impact.

It was scary because I have shown some similar traits to that of the hikikomori. Needless to say, the interview touched a couple of nerves.

Here's the interview. To view the book's website, click on the title.

The Hek


Anonymous said...

You get cabin fever too quick for that Erhlico.

The Hek said...

That is quite true, Billy.

Anonymous said...

From Justin To Kelly. I can throw crap at the screen, whereas Battlefield Earth I'd probably spend the two hours moaning how it could have somehow been salvaged.

- Mr. Wood

Anonymous said...

Incidentally, I loved the phone messages sketch.

- MW

The Hek said...

Thank you. And thank you for voting.