“Hector,” Wikipedia, 12 May 2005, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hector.
“Communists, feminists oppose naked sushi,” by Gaijinbiker, Riding Sun, 22 May 2005, http://ridingsun.blogspot.com/2005/05/communists-feminists-oppose-naked.html.
The words we translate as “virtue” — the Latin virtu and the Greek arete — are better translated as “Rightness” or even “Rightful Manliness.” It is a state of inner superiority. A virtuous man follows a morally right internal rule set against a wrong external rule set. His implicit controls are stronger than his explicit controls.
Eagles are seen as virtuous animals. They soar into the clouds. An eagle’s desire for loftiness overpowers his mass’s attraction to the Earth. The earliest written example of virtue — Manly Rightness — is the character of Hector, the Trojan Prince who fought against an overwhelming foe
Hector provides a stark contrast for Achilles, who was from first to last a man of war. Hector represents Troy and what it stood for. Some modern scholars have even suggested that he, not Achilles, is the true hero of the Iliad. Hector was fighting, not for personal glory, but in defense of his homeland. His rebuke to Poludamas, “Fight for your country – that is the first and only omen” became a proverb to patriotic Greeks. Through him we can see glimpses of what life in Troy and elsewhere in the Bronze Age Mediterranean civilization depicted by Homer might have been like in more peaceful times. The scene where he bids farewell to his wife Andromache and his infant son is one of the more moving scenes in the Iliad.
In the Middle Ages Hector’s legend was held so highly that Jean de Longuyon included him as one of the Nine Worthies. In the Divine Comedy Dante sees the shade of Hector with the other noble Roman and Trojan personages in the portion of Limbo reserved for the most virtuous pagans.
The point is that virtue is an internal quality. Virtue cannot be imposed. If hector was an unwilling conscript and performed the same actions he would not have been virtuous, because the acts would not be an expression of his Rightness. Likewise, eagles are symbols of virtue, and balloons are not, because the eagle chooses the fly while the balloon is lifted up.
The point of all this? To condemn the latest plan of enforced pseudo-virtue from Chinese Communists and American Feminists
China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce issued a notice this weekend banning meals served on naked bodies, officially canceling the service offered by a Japanese restaurant in southwestern China that served sushi on unclothed female university students, a Beijing newspaper reported Sunday.
The Saturday pronouncement forbids the service because it “insults people’s moral quality,” according to the Beijing Times. Serving food on women’s bodies also “spreads commercial activity with poor culture,” the paper said, citing the administration’s notice.
…Chinese media reported that the Hefeng Village Huaishi Cuisine Restaurant in Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, was serving sushi and other Japanese food on two naked university students as they lay on their backs.
Promoters insist it’s performance art. Detractors say women are getting a raw deal.
Whatever the case, the controversy over the Bonzai nightclub serving sushi on nearly naked women isn’t about to fade anytime soon.
“It’s dehumanizing, the manner in which people are buying and selling sushi to be eaten off a woman’s body. It’s dehumanizing to be treated as a plate,” said Cherry Cayabyab, president of the local chapter of National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.
If the club persists, she and other activists plan to launch a media campaign â€” apparently the first organized opposition to naked sushi in the United States.
…”It provides a forum to see a human being as an object â€” and when women are viewed as objects, they are more likely to be violated,” said Norma Timbang, executive director of the Asian and Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center.
Post-Script: At least with the Communist/Feminist fellow travelers, it is ironic that the same people who would use police powers against a woman and her body here are the same people who do not lift a finger to stop pre-birth infanticide.
The puritan monsters.