“I am sure Takashima is fun for little children.  But when you grow up and reach a certain age and develop an ego, life in Takashima for most young people comes close to a living hell.  The leaders use their power to crush people’s natural desire to think for themselves.  It’s foot-binding for the brain.  (In the old days in China, they used to cram little girls’ feet into tiny shoes to keep them from growing).”  1Q84, chapter 10, Tengo, A real revolution with real bloodshed.

 

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