Impudence or Dynamism
The U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stood at a podium and said, with unnatural composure, he allowed his daughter to buy a Toyota Siena as it is safe enough to drive.
A 10 month investigation by foremost rocket scientists at NASA vindicated Toyota’s position and the verdict was that the electrical system of Toyota cars did not play a role in unintended acceleration.
Mr. Ray LaHood ended his statement with the word “Period” as if he did not want to talk about it any longer.
It was Ray LaHood who last year strongly warned the Toyota owners to park their cars until Toyota got them fixed. It was LaHood who denounced Toyota as being blind to safety issues.
The winter of 2010 was the season of Toyota-bashing due to their massive recalls. The slang of “This is a Toyota.”was introduced in The New York Times. According to the papers, a book was based on erroneous sources leading to a historian insisting “This book is a Toyota. The publisher should recall it, issue an apology and fix the parts that endanger the historical record.”
Our Japanese shame-based culture calls it impudent to withdraw a statement thoughtlessly and brazenly, once we have made it. We are taught that Samurai should be held responsible for their own words.
On the other hand, a hunter’s biggest concern is to fulfill their appetite by the game in front of them. Yesterday’s satisfaction is an oblivion, simultaneously food stock for tomorrow is not their interest. Hunters seem to value “PRESENT”higher than “PAST” or “FUTURE”.
Making an error is thought to be a human being’s privilege. They do not seem to be hesitant to withdraw a previous comment, subsequently uttering a completely different opinion.
Although I wonder if LaHood remembered what he himself had said.
American society is sometimes evaluated as being well-balanced. Rather than that, I would say it is a mechanism or dynamism of American society to force the pendulum back to the original position, once it has swung to an extreme.
Washington Post’s editorial, dated Feb. 9, 2011, concluded the Toyota-bashing last year reflected a politically induced hysteria by Capitol Hill and the mass media. They added the absence of restraint did not help to get to the truth and defended Toyota officials who were put in an impossible situation since blaming Toyota’s customers would have been a public relations disaster.
As to whether Secretary Ray LaHood’s latest comment is impudent or can be appreciated as an American dynamism, both answers may be correct.
Principle: Withdrawal of the previous words or overwriting them looks the same, but each differs actually.