When a lot of People are Grateful for Being Kept Alive, the World Turns into Heaven


The other day, I went to a house of a manager of a company that I was in charge of on business. Though I got to his house on time, he was not at home. So I chatted with an old woman taking the charge of the house at the entrance. She told me that she was over 90.

  • manager 経営者
  • be in charge of A Aの担当をしている
  • on time 時間通りに
  • chat おしゃべりをする
  • entrance 入り口

During the chat, the topic changed from the recent depression to the World War II. According to her, her husband went to China during the war, never to return. She was left with three young children and had a very hard time. She said “Frankly, I think nothing of the news of the recent depression.”

  • depression 不景気
  • be left with A Aを残される
  • think nothing なんとも思わない

I asked her if she had difficulty getting food during the war because the area was in the country. “Not, at all,” she replied.  According to her, the government in those days ordered the people in the village to provide their stored rice and they were afraid of military policemen.

  • have difficulty ~ing 〜するのに苦労する
  • reply 返答する
  • store 備蓄する
  • military policeman 憲兵

Living in the country, they had to draw their rations from the government. They scrambled for wild vegetables before dawn. It was lucky to get a short bamboo shoot only about 15 centimeters. Since she didn’t have her own fields, she visited her relatives with her young children to ask for food in the intervals between her work and escape from air raids.

  • ration 配給
  • wild vegetable 山菜
  • dawn 夜明け
  • bamboo shoot 竹の子
  • relative 親戚
  • air raid 空襲

Listening to the radio broadcasting the tide of the battle, she lived her life every day prepared to die. “I’m lucky to be alive. I’m very much obliged to everything” she said.

  • broadcast 放送する
  • tide 情勢
  • prepared 準備して
  • obliged 感謝して

There were a lot of farmers hiding their rice in those days. I hear that women visiting the country to buy rice were often taken in. Such farmers raised the price of rice unreasonably. Some old men compelled the women to do perverted practices.

  • take in A   Aを騙す
  • unreasonably 法外に
  • compel 強いる
  • perverted みだらな

There are three generations in this present world: old people who suffered hellish experiences during the war, middle-aged people who were born after the war and enjoy material wealth and young people who waste the property of the older generations. The present world is rare in that such three generations are mixed in one place.

  • middle-aged 中年の
  • wealth 豊かさ
  • property 財産
  • be mixed 混在している

What you have to learn from the present age and world is to find out “what will remain when you die” after experiencing everything happening in the World of Reality. It’s still difficult for people in developing countries, whose dreams are often to buy cars, to do this task.

  • leave A with B BにAを残す
  • developing country 発展途上国
  • task 仕事

According to a recent survey, the number of young Japanese people who want cars has been decreasing sharply. They prefer order-made bicycles to cars.  I don’t think this is because they can’t afford to buy cars. They seem to want to return to nature, which is what human beings who have enjoyed luxury want the next.

  • survey 調査
  • decrease 減少する
  • prefer 好む
  • afford to~ 〜する余裕がある
  • nature 自然

A holy spirit tells me that if a lot of people come to be grateful for being kept alive, it’s easy for the world to turn into Heaven.

  • turn into A Aに変わる

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