FAQ 17

Question:

I wish I could live everyday with an honest, kind and peaceful mind, clinging to nothing. What do you think from a spiritual point of view of my wish that I wanna make a lot of money from my business and live a life of luxury and ease with my family? I run my own company and I think I know that if I did my business only to satisfy my desires, it would reach a limit soon. It is so hard to just continue my company I launched, and I’ve often been made to think about it.

  • honest 正直な
  • kind 優しい
  • peaceful 穏やかな
  • cling to A Aに執着する
  • point of view 視点
  • luxury 贅沢
  • ease 安楽
  • run 経営する
  • satisfy 満足させる
  • desire 願望

Answer:

It is a great thing for you to do your best in the job to make your family happy. It can be a great ascetic training for your soul to develop. But if you made money at the expense of others, it wouldn’t work out well in the end. Spiritually speaking, some negative phenomenon as much as the profit you made would happen to you later. Now, you might ask how much you are allowed to make profit. Make you conscience its standard. And to make your conscience reveal itself, you have to hold a memorial service for your ancestors with gratitude everyday.

  • ascetic training 修行
  • develop 成長する
  • at the expense of A Aを犠牲にして
  • others 他人
  • in the end 結局は
  • negative 否定的な
  • phenomenon 現象
  • profit 儲け
  • be allowed to~ 〜するのを許される
  • conscience 良心
  • reveal oneself 現れる
  • memorial service 供養
  • ancestor 先祖
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

FAQ 16

Question:

The company I work for is an old, typical vertically-structured society. It’s a kind of monstrous company, where an employee who tries to win promotion at the expense of his colleagues and is able to appeal himself well can only get promoted. The executives of my company are all lacking in moral. You said that the present vertical “moon” society will be replaced with a horizontal “sun” society, but I cannot help but wonder how that kind of thing will happen. Is the day coming when the present social system will change?

  • typical 典型的な
  • vertically-structured society 縦社会
  • monstrous 化け物のような
  • employee 従業員
  • promotion 昇進
  • at the expense of A Aを犠牲にして
  • colleague 同僚
  • exectutive 役員
  • lack 欠ける
  • moral モラル
  • present 現在の
  • replace A with B AをBと取り替える
  • horizontal 水平的な
  • cannot help but~ 〜せざるを得ない
  • wonder how S+V どのようにSはVするのかしら

Answer:

When the company gets into trouble in profit, it will pay dearly. In the future ahead, the world economy will take a weaving course. As the economy of Japan also weaves out, such a halfway company will be hard to survive. An ideal office worker who can survive in the future is one who works hard as if he were a sole proprietor in the organization and is able to cooperate with the other colleagues. Don’t be troubled about promotion in a small world like a company.

  • get into trouble 
  • profit 利益
  • pay dearly ひどい目にあう
  • economy 経済
  • take a weaving course 迷走する
  • half-way 中途半端な
  • survive 生き残る
  • ideal 理想的な
  • as if S+V あたかもSがVするかのように
  • sole proprietor 個人事業主
  • cooperate 協調する
  • be troubled 気をもむ