FAQ 38

Question:

You said before we don’t need any pay healers, but I teach children at a cram school. Even if I couldn’t do them good, or they didn’t improve at all, I get tuition fees. Teaching is invisible job compared with selling or making things. Should I do this kind of job for free? I cannot make enough money at the school only, so I have part time jobs at a convenience store and a family restaurant, too. But these jobs don’t seem to be  good ones in view of offering something harmful for people’s health. I think almost all jobs in our society are harmful, and there seem to be no good ones. Most of the jobs in this world exist for satisfying people’s desires. Should I keep on working at such workplaces?  Does the job done with gratitude thinking “Thank you so much for keeping us alive” make any difference? I feel that I’m serving to satisfy people, or their desires. How should I think about working or jobs?

  • pay 有料の
  • cram school 塾
  • even if S+V たとえSがVするとしても
  • do A good Aのためになる
  • improve 改善する
  • tuition fee 授業料
  • invisible 目に見えない
  • compared with A Aと比べて
  • for free 無料で
  • in view of A Aを考慮に入れると
  • offer 提供する
  • harmful 有害な
  • society 社会
  • exist 存在する
  • satisfy 満足させる
  • desire 欲望
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • serve 奉仕する

Answer:

It’s simple. All you have to do is avoid a business like the one of making people expect something invisible such as strange miraculous power or the one of abusing God’s name. Your present jobs are all great ones where you toil hard. You’re not selling anything mysterious. A job is one of the best ways to make  your soul develop, where you’re tried to see how much you can strike your conscience out of yourself no matter what job you do. If you work from force of habit, you’re just wasting your time in pain. But, if you find out or are aware of in your job the meaning of seeking for truth or improving yourself, your job turns into an endless, deep ascesis. Plus you can earn income. Any job can cause your mind to develop more than an ascetic training alone in a mountain. It is important to work with consciousness of improving yourself in society full of desires.

  • simple 簡単な
  • All you have to do is ~ あなたは〜しさえすればよい
  • avoid 避ける
  • expect 期待する
  • miraculous 奇跡的な
  • abuse 利用する
  • toil hard 汗をかいて働く
  • develop 発達する
  • conscience 良心
  • from force of habit 惰性で
  • in pain 苦しんで
  • be aware of A Aを意識している
  • meaning 意味
  • seeking for truth 求道
  • turn into A Aに変わる
  • ascesis 自己鍛錬
  • income 収入
  • cause A to~ Aが〜する原因となる
  • ascetic training 修行
  • full of A Aでいっぱいの
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