Nori’s Visit and Nori’s Lecture

Nori’s visit to class was such a treat! It was so great to be able to meet him, hear his personal story, and listen to his lecture. He is a very friendly person and very easy to talk to. It was clear that Nori was not in Chicago to teach us about how scared he was, or how hard it was going through what he went through in Iraq but rather it was the aftermath in Japan that he wanted to share with us. Rather than telling us about his situation in Iraq, he mainly focused his talk in class about the harsh hate mail he received after he was released from Iraq. He informed us about the internet culture in Japan, and the dangers of 2channel. He showed us photographs of the very harsh messages people sent him on postcards. Nori seemed like a very forgiving person, as he was very interested in reaching out to each and everyone of those people that wrote hate mail to him. He was perplexed on why these people have energy to go out of their way to write these messages to him. He told us during his celebrating protest lecture that he felt that the youth of Japan was too ignorant with what was going on with the government. He said that if all the youth that messaged him with hate mail, could use their energy to do something productive, so muc good could occur. I realized after meeting him the importance of having a passion. He taught me in just a few days that having something to live for as he does, to get youths like us to be more active in our own world, as well to eliminate depleted uranium used in battlefields is essential to get past the lows and highs of everyday. His views of not calling the people that criticized him as enemies but rather people with energy that could one day shift their energy towards something good is very generous. Nori tries hard to contact these people and ask them why they feel the way they do. Nori is a very courageous person, he has a very open mind and open heart to forgive and to move on to a better cause as a whole. In the future, I hope to be more open minded as he is, and if ever in a conflict to look at why someone is angry at me rather than dwelling on the fact itself that they are angry at me.

– Miho

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