SHORT SHORT with English summary November 2005
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The changing of the guard
Now the autumn has finally come. It is a sightseeing season. The changing of the guard at the palace or at the presidents' residence is one of the most popular spots. By the way, it is very exceptional that we don't have the ceremony at the palace of the emperor of Japan. In London, the tall royal guard in the red uniform with white belt and the huge cap (bearskin cap? garrison cap?) of black bear fur has long been well known. There are those countries having the guard of usual army soldiers, often the elite from the army, the navy and the air force in turn. In some countries, they are highly loyal special guard with the modern armament. They look rather practical. Perhaps they are expected to be practical.
But it is not the uniform or the armament that is popular for sightseeing. Their march in step and their particular formations are interesting for us just as to enjoy the mini mass game. Somehow the march, parade or orderly movements instinctively interests us. The keyboard of a piano is so attractive. When I was a curious little boy, strings and hummers and the orderly movements of the mechanism of piano shocked me. The flight formation of a flock of wild geese in the autumn sky gives such a deep impression that a flock of ravens flying in a flaming sunset wouldn't give us. The carnival of Rio, the line-dance at Folies Bergere, they bewitch us with their orderly movements.
The march, the parade and the mass game have been effective political instruments for long time. Those foreign tourists crowding around the change of the guard ceremony are scarcely interested in the royal family, the president or the head of the state. The tourists seldom know the names of the residents. What sorts of life do the residents lead? What type of character do they have? Their political inclination? These are simply not interesting. Therefore the well-organized parade fits exactly the organizer's political purpose.
Personally I have an idea that the residents of the palace should appear and salute us perhaps together with their occasional guests. Then the tourist attraction could be perfect. I still remember the time when a special flag was held on top of the palace to indicate the presence of the king. Today you don't find such a flag, since the resident could be the target of terrorism. Oh what a dangerous world we live in!
Here and there in the world, we have quite number of frontier disputes today. Can't it be a good and peaceful solution to change the territorial right of the possession every year as the royal guard? The proprietorships shall follow the change. I wonder why the territorial proprietorship of the surface of the land is sticking to the natural resources deep under the ground. The natural resources are the results of the long history of the globe, or only a phase of the ever-changing cosmos.
If a time might come that the natural resources evenly belong to all of us, the frontier disputes would disappear. Can a day come when the armed forces are just for the changing of the guard?