But Is It Hotter Than Wasabe?
The political tenure of soon to be appointed Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatayama looks to be an interesting one.
Hatayama’s wife Miyuki has made quite a splash with the media this week by claiming that she was abducted by aliens, taken on a flight to Venus and knew actor Tom Cruise in a past life.
“I also eat the sun,” Hatoyama said on the program, looking up with her eyes closed, raising her arms high as if she was tearing pieces off an imaginary sun. “Like this, hum, hum, hum. It gives me enormous energy.”
“My husband has recently started doing that too,” said the 66-year-old Hatoyama, who was born to Japanese parents in Shanghai and met her husband in the United States where he was a Ph.D student at Stanford.
Back in the 80’s, similarly over the top claims got quite a bit of play in our culture.
Who can forget Shirley MacLaine’s best selling book and television mini-series “Out On a Limb”?
This kind of New Age thinking draws in followers until the claims get too outlandish.
MacLaine was the celebrity guru de jour until she revealed that her true spiritual breakthrough took place when she summoned the nerve to yell “I am God!” at the waves in Malibu.
I’m certain she would have been taken more seriously if she had then walked on water to Catalina Island and proved it.
The essence of so called New Age religion, whether it is the breathless confessions of a politician’s wife, the delusions of an actress in the twilight of a career or the latest “create your own reality” strategies offered on Oprah is this desire to be God.
And it’s not a new sales pitch.
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)
It’s interesting how there really is nothing new under the sun.
Except, perhaps the idea of “eating it”.
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