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Shikata ga nai is a Japanese phrase that means “it can’t be helped.” It’s used when dealing with situations that are out of your control.
Understanding 仕方がない is a way to understand Japanese cultural norms. This phrase contains a sense of resigned acceptance, that what’s done is done and now it’s time to move on.
This phrase explains how Japanese people come to terms with in unexplainable tragedy or injustices;including the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, the dropping of the atomic bomb and the 3/11 tsunami. People also cope with death, illness and betrayal with the shikata ga nai mentality.
I would also like to note that there are some negative sides to this way of thinking; it can leave you feeling helpless and passive about your life. In some cases, it can even make you feel like there’s no point in standing up for yourself.
I love the look on the mallcop’s face like, “what just happened?”