These texts have been originally published under the title "Lectures from Doshu, The World" on https://toitsu.dk/lectures_from_doshu/the_world.html.
Buying the future
I noticed that many people use the word "experience" in the last 5 years or so on internet. They use the word for something that will happen in the future such as the experience you will get if you buy a smartphone.
This is a new way of using the word because the word "experience" used to mean something that happened in the past.
There is a famous saying of Rockefeller who made a big fortune in Stock market in US, " Experience is a name you put for your past mistakes." The general idea was that you should learn from your experience to create the better future.
It was difficult to know the future because of the unpredictable change such as war, government change, famine, virus, diseases, etc. So people used to create the future with their profound desire, love, patriotism, and philosophy. So "what to do" was the question.
Politicians used to debate political philosophies but nowadays politicians mostly negotiate how to distribute money. "How to do" has become the main question.
We have created an international banking system which tries to control the future with technology and military force. So, the purpose of everything we do has become to get as much as money in the future. In order to get money in the future, we have to invest money. In other words, we buy the future. Those who have more money can buy more future. We have to know what we are buying and one of the things we buy is the future "experience".
We have seen that the omni-potent banking system, technology and military force cannot deal with virus. It is time for people to go back to the most basic question which is "What to do" for the future.
8. June 2020
Slavery means a group of people controls another group of people in order to get profit. Slavery has existed all over the world and it still exist everywhere in different forms.
Most people imagine slavery like black Africans working in a cotton field in America or Africa but that is only one form of slavery. In the beginning of human civilisation which started thousands of years ago, each country had slaves in its own territory.
If the territory is small like ancient Greek tribes, slaves were foreigners and small Greek population created so called democracy so that its army was consisted of almost all male population. This enabled the society to control the slaves. Later when European countries got civilised, they used their own people as slaves. Rich people used poor people as slaves. This structure was based on money economy and it became necessary to have more silver and gold. Since 1600 Europeans started to get silver and gold from South America and Africa. At the same time, they started to create a new slavery which is called colonisation. There was not enough space in European countries and they kept their slaves outside their countries. Russia and China were big countries so they did not need to import slaves but just continued to use poor people as slaves inside the territory. They needed dictatorship in order to control the poor people who were majority.
After the industrial revolution in Europe, there was a big need for engineers, scientists, teachers, managers, merchants, craftsmen, etc. which were not possible for slaves. So, the society became democratic so that the whole population was united in order to develop industry and technology. This enabled European countries to develop colonisation in the whole world outside and keep their slaves outside the territory.
Big countries such as Russia, China, and US kept their slaves inside the territory but they had to keep military control of the world in order to get some resources such as metal, diamond, petrol, uranium, etc. In Russia and China poor people work as slaves but in US black people originally imported from Africa work as slaves so it gives psychological problems called racism.
Europe imported slaves since 1960 but there is no need now. So many Europeans want to send them back to their original countries so that all slaves are outside their territory.
In the future technological development makes it possible to produce everything with less people. This will create a new slavery inside a country. Those who have no job will become useless slaves who are only allowed to survive.
12. June 2020
Red sweet beans
Trailer for the film あん An 2015
The film is about Sentaro, a middle-aged man who runs a small Dorayaki shop on the outskirts of Tokyo. The shop is visited by both locals and secondary school students. When he posted a note stating that he was looking for an employee, he was approached by Tokue, a woman in her mid-seventies who said that she had always wanted to work in a Dorayaki shop. Sentaro initially rejects her application because he fears that the work for the old lady, who also has slightly deformed hands, would be too much. However, he wobbles when trying Tokue's bean paste. The taste and texture are far superior to the industrial bean paste that Sentaro did use before. Sentaro asks Tokue to make bean paste with him ...