Farming mind can support the earth better than hunting mind.


In the modern Japanese society, more and more people have become mentally ill or committed suicide or murder because of troubles of human relationships such as the one between family members, colleagues, schoolmates, and man and woman. Japan is a society where human relationships cause a matter of life and death.

  • modern 現代の
  • society 社会
  • ill 病んだ
  • suicide 自殺
  • murder 殺人
  • relationship 関係
  • colleague 同僚
  • cause 引き起こす

This might be a destiny mature societies follow where the people have been rich materially and accustomed to being protected from external enemies for a long time.

  • destiny 運命
  • mature 成熟した
  • materially 物質的に
  • accustomed 慣れている
  • external 外部の
  • enemy 敵

People in North Korea or Tibet wouldn’t understand the story of those people killing themselves because of human relationships who can afford to buy food and anything they want and live peacefully. Some might be disgusted and get angry to hear such a story, thinking they are being made a fool of.

  • can afford to~ 〜する余裕がある
  • be disgusted 呆れる
  • make a fool of A Aを馬鹿にする

Instinctively, human beings tend to have at least one, not two, grievance or worry taking the present situations for granted.

  • instinctively  本能的に
  • tend to~  〜する傾向がある
  • at least 少なくとも
  • grievance 不満
  • take A for granted Aを当たり前に思う
  • the present situation 現状

This means that human beings have the propensity to take trouble to find out a worry and if not, create and keep it. The problem of NEET in Japan, young people not in education, employment or training, may be a result of the greatest luxury, for such a problem can occur only after three generations, including their parents, have existed in material wealth.

  • propensity 傾向
  • take trouble to~  わざわざ〜する
  • luxury 贅沢
  • including A Aを含めて
  • exist 存在する
  • wealth 豊かさ

I feel that there remains a trait of an agricultural tribe deep in the DNA of the Japanese people. Agricultural work calls for working cooperatively as a group. So relationships with others have been highly valued since a long time ago, and a man who lacks cooperativeness would have been weeded out because of the inability to harvest any crop.

  • remain 残る
  • trait 習性
  • agricultural tribe 農耕民族
  • call for A Aを必要とする
  • cooperatively 協調的に
  • weed out A Aを淘汰する
  • harvest 収穫する
  • crop 作物

In this respect, hunting people of Europe and America have a long history of surviving through hunting by a small group, so the number of people who kill themselves due to human relationships might smaller than that of Japan. Extreme individualism leads to suicide, though.

  • in this respect この点で
  • hunting 狩猟の
  • extreme 極端な
  • individualism 個人主義
  • lead to A Aをもたらす

I think that farming mind, not hunting mind, can support the earth softly where a lot of human beings with different races, religions, characters live.

  • race 人種
  • religion 宗教
  • character 性向

A ritual of rice-planting by the Emperor himself is held at the Imperial Palace every year and I feel this symbolizes the role of Japan.

  • ritual 儀式
  • the Emperor 天皇
  • the Imperial Palace 皇居
  • symbolize 象徴する
  • role  役割

Without cooperation and consideration for others, we cannot raise golden rice plants under the sun god shining in the great arch of the sky. I’ve got a divine revelation that the Japanese people, who have inherited this gene, can make all the countries of the world cooperate and act as a leader.

  • consideartion 思いやり
  • raise 育てる
  • divine revelation 啓示
  • inhert 受け継ぐ
  • gene 遺伝子

Those who have been troubled about their relationship with others may be the ones who are conscientious and considerate for others and have a role of supporting the earth secretly.

  • conscientious 真面目な
  • secretly 陰から

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます


Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

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