Samurai Counseling 1
Are you interested in Fractal Psychology? Fractal Psychology (founded in Japan by Mau Isshiki) can easily analyze the cause of problem. You can learn how it is possible and how it is effective to solve problems reading entertaining scenario! Let's enjoy!
[Case No. 1 Repay for the Past 1]
Cast of characters
Fractal Psychology Counselor: Madam Ma-u Lawyer: David (Caucasian, retired, about 70 years old, volunteer consultant; an old friend of Madam’s.) Satoru (Madam’s disciple, bodyguard, and assistant. He always wears a hakama, skirt-like pants which were the traditional samurai garb and which are worn today by practitioners of Aikido and other martial arts. Excels at Kendo) Butler (Robert)
Characters for the first episode:
Businessman John Sanders (Hispanic) Sells bottled water for office coolers. Luke (John’s childhood classmate) Kane (John’s former subordinate who betrays him and starts his own business in the same industry.) Lawyer “A” (Represents John in the suit against his former employee.) Managing director (male) Accountant (Female) John’s daughter (Kala) Married couple (Fighting on the street) Other Passersby
Case Number 1.
John sells water cooler bottles. One day, unexpectedly, John’s long-time customers begin canceling their regular orders. He then discovers that Kane, one of his former employees, has started a competitive business and is stealing john’s clients. John has filed a lawsuit against Kane, but Kane filed a lawsuit for harassment by John only to counter him.
Scene: The office of David the lawyer
John opens the door and enters. David shakes his hand and offers him a seat. It’s a cozy room. There isn’t even a secretary. Unlike most lawyer’s offices, the interior is Japanese style.
John relates his situation to David. He flashes back to getting a cancellation email from a customer and almost simultaneously, he’s served with the notice of Kane’s harassment counter suit.
John: (outraged) You see what I’m facing now?!
David: I see. So you founded this company five years ago. What did you do before that?
John: I worked for a company but left after four years because I just couldn’t get along with the other employees. I did odd jobs for a while. Then I got together with a few people and we set up our own company. But I ended up having to quit that company too, and I lost my investment.
David: Why did it turn out like that?
John: Well, the colleagues that I started the business with began to ostracize me. I should’ve sued them, but couldn’t even afford to do that. All I could do was go out and try to make some money. So I borrowed from my wife’s father and started my current company.
David: It sounds like there’s always someone who gets in your way.
John: You could say that. I decided this time I wasn’t going to sit and take it anymore. So I filed a suit—and what do you know, I got counter sued. Why does it always end up like this? Just when I think things are going well, someone comes along and ruins it. Never fails. Anyway, I went back to work and got back on track. Finally, I’ve almost finished paying back my father-in-law, and I’m thinking I can start saving a little money, then this happens. I want to thrash Kane in court. He’s responsible for destroying everything I’ve built.
David: All right, calm down, please. Here’s something to consider. Some people seem to encounter the same type of experiences over and over again while others never have that particular experience. Take car accidents, for instance. Have you ever noticed that some people keep getting into accidents? Even when it’s not their fault. And then there are people who never have these sorts of accidents.
John: So what?
David: I’m saying that some things in life seem to happen by chance, but maybe there’s more to it.
John: How’s that again? I don’t know what you’re driving at, and I don’t care. All I want is to win in court. There’s no way I’m going to let this go. All I’m doing is trying to make an honest buck selling mineral water. What did I do to deserve this?
David: Well, now. So what you’re saying is that the world is unfair and misfortune strikes randomly.
John: Here’s the thing. My current lawyer told me he can work on a contingency basis for damages, but not for a harassment suit. No surprise there, but I can’t afford it. I’m already up to my ears in debt. That’s why I came to you. I heard that you’re retired and you take on pro bono cases that you like.
David: That is correct. I only bill for actual expenses incurred. So, what shall I do here? (Pretends to remember something.) Right, I know someone who might serve you better. Someone who might help you resolve your situation without going to court. That means you won’t have any expenses, and best of all, it won’t take up any of your time. What do you think? Would you like to try it?
John: Really? How is that possible? Solve the problem without going to court? (puzzled). Wait, you’re not suggesting that I hire a hit man?
David: Heavens, no, that’ll probably cost you more. (Coughs.) I’m suggesting you go see a fractal psychology counselor, not a paid assassin. Best of all, it’s free. (Hands him a business card.)
John: What on earth is a fractal counselor?
David: Just try it. The counselor is a beautiful Japanese woman. (John reads the business card. It says: “Madam Ma-u.” The address in Bel Air piques his interest. He decides to pay her a visit.)
Scene 2: Mansion in Bel Air. John drives his car to the gate and presses the call button.
Butler: Please come in. (The sound of the gate opening.)
John: (To himself) Wow, what a huge mansion. And she has staff. Well, she needs to, with a place this large.
He drives through the gate, parks the car in the garage to the left, then enters the house.
Butler: Mr. John Sanders. Follow me, please. Madam is expecting you.
John walks further into the mansion. The foyer is impressive: a chandelier and a red-carpeted staircase; a beautiful cherry blossom bonsai in the center; a large Japanese painting of cherry blossoms by Okuda Gensou. He goes through the gorgeous and somewhat exotic-looking lobby, into the living room, and further inside.
Butler: Pardon me, but kindly remove your shoes, please.
John: Huh? Oh, sorry. (He suddenly remembers that he’s visiting a Japanese person and takes off his shoes.)
The butler leads him to a paper sliding door decorated with a painting of a plum by Ogata Korin. The butler drops to his knees and slides open the door, revealing a Japanese-style tatami room. A woman in a kimono is doing ikebana flower arrangement. The sound of shakuhachi music fills the room. From the Japanese garden drifts the clack-clack sound of a bamboo tube as it empties its water into a stone fountain. The place is practically a temple.
Butler: Madam, your guest is here. (Madam nods, remains in profile.)
John goes inside and sits cross-legged in front of Madam. The butler offers him a cushion and leaves the room.
Madam carries on with her ikebana without saying a word. Because she acts as if she’s not paying him any attention, he begins to speak.
John: Ahem, I came here at David’s urging, but I don’t understand what I’m supposed to consult with you about. So, um, have you already been told about my situation? (He fidgets uncomfortably on the cushion.)
(To be continued)