Yoshida Shoin A Word Every Day
Inspiring Analects to Encourage the Spirit
by Kawaguchi Masaaki

Preface
Our teacher Yoshida Shoin once wrote, “Disorder is not war, peace is not abundance (of wealth). Lords being lords, vassals being vassals. Father being fathers, children being children. All under heaven is right.” (ref. this book, January 6th) Our teacher, furthermore, finished by continuing “Still yet, is this age a time of peace or is it an generation of disorder? Consider it closely: you should know this.”
So, to understand this saying as an individual person, to build upon this base taught by our teacher Shoin: That is filial piety. In the (book) Mencius T’ang Wan Kung Upper Volume Chapter 4, filial piety is protecting as a person the five ways, specifically, fushi no shin (the affection between parent and child), kunshin no gi (the courtesy between lord and vassal), fuufu no betsu (the distrinction between husband and wife), chouyou no jo (the ranking between the old and young), Houyuu no shin (the fidelity between companions).
In the 60 years after the war, we Japanese have been determined to have a peaceful and “abundant” world, and we have pushed forward into a world of liberty and freedom. The result, with certainty, has carried us to a life of abundance to the degree never seen by history. Also, we have received liberty and freedom. However, with this on one hand, it is the truth that people, when watching the news everyday about our country’s current condition, having the thought that this is unbearable and feeling that something is wrong, are increasingly beginning to earnestly search for some support.
So, what is the primary cause? There is no need to say. I’ve thought about this thing that modern Japanese have. We Japanese, as individual human beings, our values have become strange. In this age, 150 years later, studying Shoin points out frankly the “disorder times” of our country currently and the alarm bells that cry are by no means few. This, now, without reflecting on mine own limited ability, is the reason for undertaking this book.
Our teacher Shoin’s words, even one person can somehow light a lamp in the hearts of many people. As a single person who has studied the teacher, it is the wish from the bottom of my heart to resusitatate a wholesome nation of Japan.
Finally, upon writing this book, I would like to dedicate gratitude to President Katsuo Hideaki of Chichi Publishing, Sir Ookoshi Masahiro who kindly oversaw this project personally, and the many other people from whom I gratefully received guidance and cooperation. Among these, I especially have no words of gratitude enough for Sugihara Hiroshi, a student from when I was at the Yamaguchi Prefectural Ubeshi High School, currently the Superintendent of Educational Guidance at the Yamaguchi Prefecture Board of Education. In truth, I was freshly moved that while having a busy job, you made time even during your days off to give me guidance. That I could again receive instruction at the end of the teaching career fills this ungraceful author with joy.
Written November First, the Eighteenth Year of Heisei
The University of Human Enviroments Kawaguchi Masaaki

吉田松陰一日一言
魂を鼓舞する感奮語録
川口雅昭

はしがき
吉田松陰先生に、「乱は兵戦にも非ず、平は豊饒にも非ず、君君たり臣臣たり、父父たり子子たり、天下平かなり」(本書【正月六日】参照)という名辞がある。先生は更に、「なお、今の時代は平穏な時であるか、それともらん世であるか。よく考えて、これを知るべきである」と続けて、結んでおられる。
さて、この名辞も含め、一人の人間として、松陰先生の基底をなすもの、それは「五倫」である。【五倫】とは、『孟子』勝文公上第四章にある、人として守るべき五つの道のことで、具体的には、父子の新(父と子の間の親愛)、君臣の儀(君と臣の間の礼儀)、夫婦の別(夫婦の間の区別)、長幼の序(長幼の間の順序)、朋友の信(親友の間の信義)をいう。
戦後六十余年、私ども日本人はひたすら平和な、「豊饒」なる世界、「自由・平等」なる世界を目
指し突き進んできた。その結果、確かに、これまでの人数史上でも数をみないほどの豊かな生活を営み、また、自由・平等を享受してきた。しかし、その一方で、日々報道される我が国の現状に対し、やりきれない思いを抱き、「何かがまちがっている」と感じ、対応を真剣に模索し始めた人が増えていることも事実であろう。
では、その主因は何か。いうまでもない。私は、現在の日本人そのものにあると考えている。私ども日本人の、一人の人間としての価値観がおかしいのである。そんな時、百五十年という時間を超えて、私どもに「警鐘」を鳴らし、現在の我が国が「乱世」にあることを端的に指摘されている松陰先生に学ぶことは、決して少なくない。これが、この度、己れの浅学非才をも顧みず、本書の執筆をお引き受けした理由である。
松陰先生の名辞が、一人でも多くの人の心に、何らかの「灯」をともし、健全な日本国が再生されること、先生に学んできた者の一人として、衷心よりの願いである。
最後に、本書執筆にあたり、致知出版社の藤尾秀昭社長、直接担当してくださった大越昌宏氏、その他多くの御指導、御協力をいただいた方々に、からお礼申し上げる。その中でも、とりわけ、山口県立宇部高等学校時代の教え子で、現山口県教育庁航行教育課指導主事杉原宏之君には、御礼の言葉もない。多忙な職にありながら、せっかくの休日を割いて「指導」してくれた彼の誠実さに改めて感動したし、教職の末度を汚す者の喜びを改めて教えてもらった。
平成十八年十一月念一日記
人間環境大学 川口雅昭

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