Money can’t make your ancestors rest in peace.


Today was a especially busy day. I had an idea when I was driving on business. I suspected that the relation among schools, teachers, children, and parents was similar to that among temples, chief priests, ancestral spirits, and offsprings.

  • especially 特に
  • on business 仕事で
  • relation 関係
  • similar 似ている

I’ve heard that according to an investigation of juvenile delinquency, many of those children are from rich families unexpectedly and what is in common to those families is that parents are too busy to have a meal or conversation with their children.

  • juvenile delinquency 少年非行
  • unexpectedly 予想外に
  • too…to~ とても…なので〜することができない
  • meal 食事
  • conversation 会話

There are many parents in fact who think they can leave the education of their children(=a memorial service for ancestors) to the school (= a temple) and a professional teacher(= a chief priest), and all they have to do is make money in earnest. No matter how much they spend on education, the lack of affection and contact from parents to children causes children to become delinquent. The same thing can be said of a memorial service for ancestral spirits.

  • leave A to B AをBに任せる
  • all A has to do is~ Aは〜しさえすればよい
  • in earnest 熱心に
  • lack 欠如
  • affection 愛情
  • contact 接触
  • cause A to~ Aが〜する原因となる
  • memorial service 供養
  • ancestor 先祖

No matter how much money you spend on a memorial service, withoug gratitude and contact(=daily memorial service) from offsprings to their ancestral spirits, they cannnot rest in peace. Just as parents suffer when their children do wrong, offsprings suffer when their ancestral spirits don’t rest in peace.

  • rest in peace  安らかに眠る
  • suffer 苦しむ
  • do wrong 間違ったことをする

There are many methods of educating children and many ways to console ancestral spirits. What’s important in both is for parents and offsprings to keep in touch with children and ancestral spirits. Don’t leave anything to others. If anything wrong happens, many people are apt to attribute the responsibility to others, but it is you who pay for it after all.

  • method 方法
  • console 慰める
  • keep in touch with A Aと接触を保つ
  • others 他人
  • be apt to~ 〜しがちである
  • attribute A to B AをBにする
  • pay つけを払う
  • after all 結局は

Last year an acquaintance’s second son passed the entrance examination of a prestigious junior high school.He attended a prep school everyday after school. The prep school was over after 9 o’clock and either of his parents took a train for 40 minutes to meet him everyday. And they talked about various trifle things on the way home.

  • acquaintance 知人
  • second son 次男
  • entrance examination 入試
  • prestigious 有名な
  • prep school 塾
  • various 様々な
  • trifle 些細な
  • on the way home 家に帰る途中で

This cannot be done without affection toward children. If all the parents do is pay the expensive tuition and tell the child to study harder or scold him whenever they meet, or often go golfing away from home or take a trip abroad or something, does the child grow up properly? In everything you do, when you do something, be proactive with affection and gratitude, and you can develop a person or a business or anything. Because God is in your heart.

  • expensive 高価な
  • tuition 授業料
  • properly 適切に
  • proactive 主体的な
  • develop 成長させる

Today too

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