Aren't spelling fascists actually spelling anarchists?
This whole blog is about changing, shifting paradigms, reforming things. Yet, it seems humans are deeply reluctant to do so. Change is stress, granted, but avoiding change can be stress too! Case in point?
Take the 2011 Japanese tsunami. A recent report by a panel on the accident that the nuclear issues could have been prevented had a shift in the way Japanese manage things had happened.
"After 900 hours of hearings and 1100 interviews over a six-month period, the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission – chaired by Kiyoshi Kurokawa, an academic fellow at Tokyo's National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies – said that the accident was 'a profoundly man-made disaster that could and should have been foreseen and prevented'."
'The Kurokawa report's biggest criticism is reserved for what it calls "the Japanese mindset" that meant the disaster was very much "made in Japan". The disaster's "fundamental causes are to be found in the ingrained conventions of Japanese culture: our reflexive obedience; our reluctance to question authority," Kurokawa says.'
But, this is not new! Korean airlines (as explained in "the Ethnic theory of plane crash" in Outliers by Malcom Gladwell) had to go through the same cycle of disasters to eventually get to the paradigm shift. Korean airlines used to have the worst airplane crash records and now that the change has taken place, it is among the best and safest airlines in the world! Sadly, had Japan (and its nuclear industry) learned from the Korean shift, it is likely that there would not have been a nuclear disaster like there was one at the time of the tsunami! The Korean's airplane industry shift took place about 10 years ago! Change is slow. Old habits die hard! Cultural legacies can have profound effects on people! It seems it takes great leadership and perhaps a disaster or two for people to embrace change because, it is not until that people see the true effect of the legacy of their culture that they can change it!
I imagine that many English-speakers are very proud to be English-speakers, very proud of their language, and/or very proud of belonging to the Commonwealth. For some messing with the language amounts to suicide: a cultural suicide!