I'm Stuart. From Australia, living in Okinawa, Japan.
I study traditional martial arts, the language.
I've got many hobbies, and you can find some of them on my website mcwhinns.info
Thank you for that flashback to my childhood ←(>▽<)ﾉ I was obsessed with WA through middle school and completely forgot about this gem.
Depending on the situation, I would disagree with the 'it's their problem' attitude. I think pushing the boundary is fine and other people should be the ones to be more tolerant of the yet-to-be-normalised things, but that doesn't discount the fact that it would make it hard to get your foot in the door in the first place. I think after you've gained some foothold, then pushing the boundary has more impact.
For example, I'm a bearded guy, but in order to get a job in Japan, I shaved it off (to my complete discomfort), and after a month or two I asked my boss if I could grow it back over our summer break. Had I not shaved, maybe my job prospects would have been worse and I would not have had the opportunity to open my colleagues' minds.
Pick away, I appreciate the engagement! It's interesting to hear what this prompts from you. Orthoganality is a curious thing, and I would hope to get better at such things because one insecurity I had while writing this piece was that I don't want to be so 'Black Mirror'esque as to be 'following the zeitgeist'; this was a thought experiment of my own that isn't supposed to be technodisasterist, rather a cautionary tale.
Although I read a book in Japanese about Zen (Zen and Star Wars), I never internalised the idea of ko-an (a new word for me), so thank you for that.