A person’s political philosophy is said to be his or her views about such topics as liberty, law, property, justice, and the like. Many have strong political philosophies in life and are quite vocal about it while some choose to keep mum and quiet. This doesn’t mean however that the quiet ones do not have their political philosophies.Continue Reading
Forgive but Don’t Forget: the Question of the Comfort Women
We’ve written about forgiveness quite a lot lately; without it, one cannot move on. Repressed anger has a way of keeping us blocked, unable to let go and look to the future. It’s something Colleen Haggerty, who lost her leg in an automobile accident at 17, spoke about most powerfully in this must-watch TED talk last year:Continue Reading
On the Existence of Japanese Philosophy
Japanese philosophy was inextricably associated with aesthetics, culture, ethics, politics, and religion and wasn’t practiced as a distinct discipline in itself. The most distinctive characteristic of Japanese philosophy is how foreign philosophies has been assimilated and adapted to its native worldview. Historically, Japan experienced periods of intense cultural and political exchange with the Korean peninsula and China, followed by long periods of isolation when it successfully resisted foreign invasion until 1945. And although it borrowed ideas freely throughout its history, there is always a distinctively Japanese cultural context in Japanese philosophy.
Kitetsugaku, the Japanese term for philosophy (abbreviated from kikyū tetsuchi, “the science of seeking wisdom”), was coined by Nishi Amane in 1862 and was abbreviated further, twelve years later, to now the standard tetsugaku. A word describing something the Japanese perceived sometimes favorably, as a necessary condition to develop a modern society, sometimes with distrust, as a loss of spirituality or an ethnocentric menace, but always as foreign and completely alien to their culture. This led Nakae Chōmin, a Japanese journalist, political theorist and statesman in Meiji-period, to declare in 1901 that: from antiquity to the present day, there has never been any philosophy in Japan.Continue Reading
Forgiveness – the Key to Inner Peace
With or without any religious association, forgiveness is said to be the key to inner peace. Bearing a grudge or harboring bitterness in one’s heart for a fault committed by another is one of the reasons for the elusiveness of peace. The failure or rejection of forgiveness is also known to wreck havoc on the health and well-being of people.Continue Reading