"The rise of the warrior classes, the creation of a shogunal state, and the gradual collapse of the political system established by imperial rule in the ancient period were prominent phenomena of this period, as was social mobility — or, rather, social instability. In the 15th century, this social instability was described with the colorful expression 'gekokujō' [下克上] 'the lower commanding the upper,' signifying a time of civil disobedience and the inversion of social hierarchies, in which the world was 'upside down'. We might also translate this expression as 'revolution', in the sense not of a great social upheaval but of an age-old movement constantly challenging state or regional powers, an attempt by the lower classes to reject the inevitability of their condition when the ruling classes proved incapable of maintaining stable institutions." —Pierre François Souyri, 'The World Turned Upside Down: Medieval Japanese Society' (Käthe Roth, trans.)
I want this sweater to wear to class tomorrow! And just in general!