I usually try to stay away from too much Internet debate, but sometimes I can’t help it. I dive in and mix it up, say my peace, and then usually get yelled at by someome. I suppose that happens. I remember way back, before the Internet, where if you were to have a heated discussion you need to do it in person. And then when you are face to face with someone, you choose your words more carefully. While the Internet is awesome, it does also permit people to develop bad habits in communication. Some people hide behind their keyboards, write fantastically rude things about others online, and give themselves permission for half-thought-out theories and false indignation.

Right now in Japan we are at the highest levels of COVID 19 infections. The numbers in Tokyo are wild, and Shikoku is also affected as well. We have never seen so many cases, and that is a problem. The majority of cases are with younger people, and while this is serious, the fatality rate has declined overall. This may account for older people being better vaccinated as well as hospitals now better equipped to handle cases.

This time has also proved to be particularly brutal to people working in the hospitality business. Tour companies are in huge trouble, hotels are floundering, and so many restaurants and pubs are barely hanging on. There is no doubt that this is an international problem. Millions of people have been affected and uncountable numbers of companies and businesses have been shuttered forever. It’s astonishing how willful ignorance has seized upon our global health, hijacked the progress to swiftly vaccinate millions, and produced so many people with a false sense of entitlement while damaging others blithely and so stupidly.

But this is the age we must live in. And perhaps it is the price that we pay for a world where information flows freely, and where social media has so ubiquitously permeated so much of our daily lives. People can talk trash, spread rumor, and maliciously attack people on-line. All without consequences and when cornered on their nonsense can shrug and say, “Well, that is just my opinion and I have a right to it.”

With our work to promote Shikoku, and to do so with integrity and honesty, we also take time to make reviews of places where we have been and in restaurants and hotels where we have visited. I usually am pretty good at making Trip Advisor or Google Maps reviews in the hopes that others will see what places are available to them when they come to Shikoku. I hope that when you come to Shikoku, in the foreseeable future, that you will do the same. I think that we need to do what we can to positively lift one another out of this quagmire, and use the tools of mass dissemination of information in a good way, a meaningful way, and a constructive way.

Ok, rant off for now. Let’s get back to getting vaccinated and cooking up some dreams of Shikoku!