This clip is quintessential gakkai cult brainwashing pap. The introduction, with the over the top "YOUTH!" enthusiasm, but no substance. Next the feel good music.
Then, (2:03 min. mark) the official climax, the kool-aid guidance from Danny Nagashima:
"..... Our life is the universe, you know, you too, I too, I have a rainbow, within our own life, when you go thru the difficulties, when you go thru the struggles, when you charrange (challenge) all the way, while you are eating, while you are sreeping (sleeping), in a dream, I want you to see a rainbows (laughter from the audience), and while you are eating I want you to think about the rainbows. And, Jury (July) tensu (10th), I want you to sing this rainbow from your heart. Express your heart, express your life, and thinking about SENSEI, I want you to look at the SUN(!), that's over the rainbow! Thank you!!
" (Direct quote.)
"Wooo-Hoooo!!!" (obligatory cheering), from the audience follows and the music crescendos again.
After that, reappearance of the "YOUTH!", literally parroting the broken English guidance of Nagashima, all the way down to same quirky "you know
"Do it together. We are definitely going to make this performance the most memorable experience of our lives, you know, let's do it! Let's, let's transform this nation with our voice and our vow! Thank you! Let's do this!
Finally, random testimonials (more canned, regurgitated cult speak phrases) from bursting with happiness "YOUTH!" (and lots of air fist pumping, ear to ear smiles and enthusiasm):
"I want to change the pessimism into optimism." / "I'm here to emerge from the Earth, with all over the United States "YOUTH!" division, and I'm singing for everyone who wants to change a life and thru myself, be VICTORIOUS!" / "I'm here because it is my last month as "YOUTH!" division and I wanted to make it count! So, I'm here and I graduate to adult division immediately following "rock the era." / "I wanted to be encouraged to practice as much as I can, because I believe that it really does help and when I do, I feel better and I just get more excited ..." * / "To change ourselves, I'm determined to be successful." / "I'm here, thanks to the SGI thanks to President Daisaku Ikeda, without them, I wouldn't be able to do the thing that I love to do most, which is to sing and to help other people to become happy. So, along with my brothers and sisters for Kosen-Rufu, we are here to rock the era, to explode and sing with joy to help other become happy as well.
(* = This particular fellow, IMO, has his brain door to reality a bit ajar and may be just trying to convince himself to go along with the program and be a good cultie member. Potential de-programmable candidate, IMO.)
Cue end credits.
The exact, same old stuff. Nothing whatsoever has changed. It's all artificial brain candy without substance. I'd even say it's a bit more heavily chemically flavored kool-aid now, after hearing Nagashima's lame drivel. Jeeze, if Nagashima is the best general director they can come up with, there is no hope. What's even more bizarre to me, is how people can be impressed with the crap coming out of his mouth. This stuff is truly unbelievable for me to see now, from the outside. It's gotten even worse.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 09/12/2012 08:59AM by Hitch.