ole wrote:Well, I came across this yesterday,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i0aNSaEkUQ so maybe there is hope for a tea culture.
Ok, aside of their intentions (which are probably good), just a little something about the way they are expressing their... thing.
"...certified tea master..." - 14 weeks, about 3K $ and you are a "tea master". This is probably the main thing I don't like about this video - how the guy makes an accent on something which is not real. Asians are studying for decades to get to the "tea master level" and here you pay some bucks, and here it is, you are an all-powerful jedi of tea. They probably also has "A" tea masters, "B" tea masters", and "C" tea masters. Speaking of devaluation of culture - that's where it all starts.
"...sitting down for tea will make your children's grades go up, their perception of morality, their vision of future career path will become clear..." - probably people won't be as hard on Chas if Chas won't be saying obvious not-so-much-true things and advertize tea instead of educating people. He is not saying that tea drinking gives _opportunities_ or MIGHT help, he states that it WILL help, just like a salesperson.
And, Chas, in case you will read this message: there are corruptionists, gang members, murderers, and tyrants who like tea and appreciate it on daily basis. So it's probably not the best "magical pill" to give kids for morality.
All the "changes made in American tea ceremony" in the video are just optional alterations people all over the world use in their tea ceremonies. Substituting the ceramic tea pot with a glass french press to make it "more fun" without explanation why people used ceramic first of all - looks like a marketing trick and nothing like education.