2012年12月31日月曜日

Shortage of demand? (2)


Another question I have about the words "shortage of demand" and "excess of supply" is, in recession period, is it really "demand" that the suppliers need?

It is the income the demanders bring and the goods, services, and properties the income makes affordable, not "demand" itself, that the suppliers really need, isn't it?

In this sense, what the suppliers need is not enough "demand" for the goods, services, and properties they supply, but affordable "supply" for the goods, services, and properties they need, isn't it?

"Shortage" is only possible as of "supply," not possible as of "demand", isn't it?

2012年12月30日日曜日

Shortage of demand?


One of the main points in dispute during the last national election in Japan was the economic policy.

Many candidates appealed the necessity of public construction and engineering projects to get over the recession.

Public projects are said to make up for "shortage of demand."

I can't understand the meaning of these words, "shortage of demand" and "excess of supply."

Supply is what fulfills demand.

Can it be called "supply" to produce what is not demanded?

2012年12月29日土曜日

英文エッセイ「Happiness and risk」


【テーマ】
What do you think about the following advice?
"Take risks. If you win, you'll be happy. If you lose, you'll be wise."

【佐々木の回答】
This advice seems to explain correctly why I am still so unwise. I take too few risks. I learn too little from failure. Failing to be wiser by learning from failure, I fail again and again. Lack of experience of success makes me avoid risks. I want to cut off this vicious circle.

2012年12月28日金曜日

英文エッセイ「I wish everyone would learn to ...... Then everyone would ......」


【テーマ】
Write an essay with the composition of "I wish everyone would learn to ...... Then everyone would ......"

【佐々木の回答】
I wish everyone would learn to recognize that contradictions do exist not only in the subjective (=cognitive) world, but also in the objective (=real) world universally. And I also wish everyone would learn to analyze the laws by which those objective contradictions unfold themselves, and make use of the laws of objective contradictions to understand the world better. Then everyone would seldom stick to irrational ideas. Most of people confuse contradiction with irrationality. Trying to exclude contradictions from their ideas, people often failure to recognize correctly the reality, which is made up of mixture of contradictions. I am fed up with those contradiction-less silly ideas people assert. I refrain from giving actual examples.

2012年12月27日木曜日

英文エッセイ「I wish I could learn...... Because......」


【テーマ】
Write an essay with the composition of "I wish I could learn...... Because......"

【佐々木の回答】
"I wish I could learn ..." is a little bit incompatible with "Because."

Because "Because" is the word by which we give the reason or ground of some judgment, fact, or declaration.

"I wish I could ..." is not the phrase by which we convey clear judgments, facts, or declarations, but the phrase by which we just express our feelings or sentiment, without clear analysis or objectification.

When someone say "I want to learn Chinese," the desire to learn Chinese is a fact the speaker has already objectified. So, the speaker can say the reason he or she want to learn Chinese using "Because".

But when someone say "I wish I could learn Chinese," the desire to learn Chinese is just a sentiment the speaker has not yet objectified. So, the speaker himself or herself does not know the reason he or she wish to learn Chinese.

I think as above. But I am not sure.

2012年12月26日水曜日

英文エッセイ「I wish I could hear」


【テーマ】
Write an essay beginning with "I wish I could hear ..."

【佐々木の回答】
I wish I could hear some woman say to me "Your income is enough for us to make a home together."  Unfortunately, any women (or her family) I have ever met expect her spouse to earn much more than I could. I have virtually given up to marry before I die.

2012年12月25日火曜日

英文エッセイ「About Christmas in Japan」


【テーマ】
Why a lot of Japanese people who are almost Buddhists or Shintonists celebrate the nativity of Jesus Christ?
And why many Japanese couple want to have their wedding at church?
Explain to aliens who can't understand those religious or commercial situations. 

【佐々木の回答】


In Japanese, "Christmas" is pronounced like "Kuh-Ree-Sue-Mar-Sue."

This pronunciation is very attractive for Japanese people.

The Japanese word "Kuh-Ree" means a "chestnut", and "Sue-Mar-Sue" means to "purify," and to "finish."

This word sounds sweet, fresh, and clear for Japanese people.

And this word has five syllables.

Japanese people like any word that has five or seven syllables.

"Fuyuyasumi"  (the winter vacation) is pronounced like "Who-You-Yah-Sue-Me."

"Purezento" (a present) is pronounced like "Poo-Rei-Zeh-Nh-Toh."

"Oshohgatsu" (the new year holidays) is pronounced like "Oh-Show-Oh-Gar-Two."

"Otoshidama" ( New Year's present) is pronounced like "Oh-Toh-She-Dar-Mar."

All those Japanese words which represent happy events of winter have five syllables.

"Christmas"  was, for Japanese people, a word which was added to the five-syllable word collection which represented happy events of winter.

On the other hand, "Christ" is pronounced like "Key-Ree-Sue-Toh" in Japanese.

Unfortunately, this word is not a five-syllable word.

On top of that, the Japanese word "Key-Ree" means a "gimlet", and "Sue-Toh" means a "strike" or "walkout."

This word sounds piercing and violent for Japanese people.

Although Christianity is said to be the "religion of love,"  the auditory impression of "Key-Ree-Sue-Toh" for the Japanese people is quite opposite.

Those are the reasons why Christianity is not so popular in Japan while the festival which celebrates originally the birth of the founder of this religion is.

2012年12月24日月曜日

英文エッセイ「The last time I cried in public」


【テーマ】
When was the last time you cried?

【佐々木の回答】
The last time I cried in the presence of other people was when I lost one of my best friends in a traffic accident about ten years ago.

It was unexpected for me that I cried in pain of having my friend killed, because one of the reasons I had regarded myself as lonely, at that time, was I had been able to think of no one the death of whom I would cry over.

He and I entered the same Japanese university at the same year, and joined the Aikido club of the university at the same day. We were the two of the first three of the sixteen freshmen of the Aikido club in that year.

He was from Kansai Region, and I am from Kanto Region. People from those two regions of Japan are said to have the opposite personalities. Indeed we did. While he was talkative and smooth-tongued, I was quiet and unsociable. But we strangely got along well with each other.

After graduation, working in distant provinces from each other, we met once or twice a year at the expedition training camp of the Aikido club.

When I heard he had been killed after the motorbike he had ridden had collided with a oncoming truck, I thought, at first, it was no use attending his funeral which was going to be held at five hundred kilometers away from my place, because my presence could no more comfort him. I still believe in no soul that survives the body after death.

But suddenly, I remembered that the cells which made up the human body did not die all at once when the heart stopped beating. And about that time, I heard an idea that each cell had primitive "consciousness." I thought it was possible the perishing cells which made up his body "felt lonely," and my presence could "comfort" his perishing cells.

I decided to attend his funeral.

When I arrived at the funeral parlor, the "Tsuya" service (the previous night's funeral) had already ended. His mother lead me to his coffin.

What happened at the coffin-side was the most mysterious experience I have ever had. The moment I saw his face and called his name, the cells of my whole body went into convulsions, tears welled up my eyes, and I couldn't move at all from there. That was as if the perishing cells of his body grasped the cells of my body and would not let them go. The convulsion continued about an hour.

I thought my attendance to his funeral was never useless.

When I think of life and death of human being, I always remember the experience I had at his coffin-side.

2012年12月23日日曜日

2012年12月16日衆議院議員選挙 神奈川13区開票結果


先週は座間市に引っ越してきて初めての国政選挙。例によってどのような主張を掲げる候補者がどれぐらい得票する地域に自分が住んでいるのかを知っておくことは有意義であることのように思われるので各候補が選挙公報に掲載した主張を得票数・得票率・当落と共に得票数順に並べておく。

神奈川13区
市区町村: 大和市、海老名市、座間市、綾瀬市
定数:1人
立候補者数:5人
有権者数: 461,285人
投票者数: 267,406人
投票率: 57.97%

甘利明さん(63歳、自民、前) 111,733票(相対得票率42.96%、絶対得票率24.22%) 当選

菅原直敏さん(34歳、みんな、新) 50,826票(相対得票率19.54%、絶対得票率11.02%) 落選

太田祐介さん(38歳、維新、前) 43,754票(相対得票率16.82%、絶対得票率9.48%) 落選

橘秀徳さん(43歳、民主、前) 38,637票(相対得票率14.86%、絶対得票率8.38%) 落選

宮応勝幸さん(69歳、共産、新) 15,131票(相対得票率5.82%、絶対得票率3.28%) 落選

2012年12月22日土曜日

英文エッセイ「About proud」


【テーマ】
When do you feel real proud?

【佐々木の回答】
Although I feel much more frequently ashamed of myself than proud of myself, one of the scarce occasions when I feel proud of myself is when the client who gave me a job of writing gives me the same kind of job again. Of course I am pleased when my job is praised, praise does not prove satisfaction. Only the repeat purchase prove the satisfaction the last delivery gave to the customer. Only my clients' real satisfaction makes me feel proud of myself.

2012年12月21日金曜日

英文エッセイ「When I feel lonely」


【テーマ】
When have you felt lonely?

【佐々木の回答】

In the circumstances where cheerfulness is too much applauded, I feel lonely.

Men with gloomy disposition like me sometimes feel as if cheerful guys don't allow us to be as we are.


2012年12月20日木曜日

英文エッセイ「About workplace」


【テーマ】
In what kind of workplace do you want to work next year?
Tell us your plan or dream about workplace.

【佐々木の回答】
My needs and wants about physical aspects of working environment are already satisfied.
With a laptop PC, my work can be done in coffee shops, trains, parks, or anywhere I like.
I hope I can have more and more opportunities of cooperation with inspiring people next year than this year.

2012年12月19日水曜日

英文エッセイ「About keeping curious for a lifetime」


【テーマ】
While animals become less curious as they grow older, but human beings remain as curious as when they were young.
What do you think about that trend or fact?

【佐々木の回答】
I don't think it is necessarily great to keep curious for a lifetime. Human activities can be classified into inputs and outputs. Curiosity is a mentality which concerns input activities. There is a kind of curiosity which accompanies no output activities. Such kind of curiosity is, I feel, worthy of little respect.

2012年12月18日火曜日

英文エッセイ「About pets as family members」



【テーマ】
Not a few people especially in developed countries tell and believe seriously that their pets are their family members.
Probably & already the concept of "family" has been gradually changed.
Do you agree or disagree their concept of pets as family members? Why?

【佐々木の回答】
People are at liberty to call their pets as their "family members."

But the Civil Code should not recognize pets as "family members."

If pets are recognized as  "family members" in the Civil Code, inheritance of property to pets also has to be recognized.

If inheritance of property to pets is recognized, inheritance of the property of the pets to the spouse, descendant, and parents of the pets.

Rights to the properties will become too complicated.

People will have to raise lawsuits against dogs, cats, goldfishes, and so on.

Life insurance companies and municipal offices will have to confirm the intention  of parakeets, iguanas, tortoises, about disposal of their properties.

Prisons will have to confine pets which committed serious tax evasion.

People can't bear such an enjoyable society.

2012年12月17日月曜日

英文エッセイ「About usage of smart phones during class」


【テーマ】
Recently cell phones and smart phones (iPhone etc.) are quite common.
Most people have one at least, but never are teachers more irritated than when some students use smart phones or a phone rings during class.
What do you think about that problems and the changes of using style with "phones".

【佐々木の回答】
I don't think teachers are more irritated by a student who refers to a dictionary application in the smart phone than one who refers to a paper dictionary during class. The problem is not whether students use a smart phone during class but whether they concentrate their attention on the lecture. All efforts are vain without altering the structure in which people have some strange incentives to attend a class and to pretend to be taught by a teacher whom they do not want to be taught by.

2012年12月16日日曜日

1500 consecutive days of updating


As of last Wednesday (December 12), this blog had been updated for 1500 consecutive days. I started to write this diary November 4, 2008. Since then, I have never missed a single day of updating.

The merit of writing blog every day is that you can see how mediocre and defective your thoughts which you think are original and interesting are.

Writing your thoughts is like seeing your face in a mirror. A man who never looked at a mirror would never be aware of dirt on his face. It is shameful to laugh at dirt on another person's face without noticing dirt on his own face.

When I hear or read other people criticize politicians or managers, I often call up the image of the man who laugh at dirt on another person's face with dirt on his own face.

This diary has given me at least the sense to feel it shameful to criticize inconsistencies of other people's thoughts and actions with my own thoughts and actions full of inconsistencies.

2012年12月15日土曜日

英文エッセイ「About "Chushingura"」


【テーマ】
Today is the anniversary of "Chushingura". A lot of Japanese people like that story. Do you like their spirits of "The revenge of the forty-seven ronin" or the story of "Chushingura?" Why does this 18th century's story have still a big popularity in Japan? Without regard to "Yes" or "Not", tell us your original opinion.


【佐々木の回答】

Public order benefits a community as a whole. But it often works too oppressively to the members of the community.

Everyone is in a dilemma of personal wants and public order. Excessive sticking to personal wants damages public order, resulting in degrade of the quality of personal life . On the other hand, excessive obeisance to public order directly degrades the quality of personal life.

Japanese people have strong tendency to avoid affecting public order by asserting our personal wants and thoughts.

As we oppress our personal wants and thoughts, our desire to release them grows.

But we Japanese people seldom wish to alter the public order itself. Instead, we often wish to express our personal wants and thoughts in some explosive form, without logical explanation. Or we sometimes wish to just escape from the public order itself.

From early 1970s to middle 1990s, to watch "Chushingura" on TV and to watch the new work of the movie series "Otoko Wa Tsuraiyo" (Life is hard on a man!) in  a movie  theater were Japanese people's popular customs at the end of the year.

"Chushingura" was the expression of our oppressed desire to explode our personal wants and thoughts. "Otoko Wa Tsuraiyo" was the expression of our oppressed desire to escape from the public order itself.

2012年12月14日金曜日

英文エッセイ「About quarrels dogs don't eat」


【テーマ】
There is an old saying "No dog eats (is interested in) a quarrel between husband and wife."
Possibly you've made some slight or funny disagreements with your partner or near friend.
Write just a little interesting essay about that "fighting." Don't feel humiliated!

【佐々木の回答】
I can't remember quarreling with a woman with whom I was on intimate terms already. I always drift away from women in whom I find something I really hate, instead of trying to make her alter or abandon the point I really hate. Basically I try to accept other people's ways of feeling, thinking, acting, talking, and so on, if I don't like the ways very much. When a woman on intimate terms wants me to alter or abandon my ways of feeling, thinking, acting, talking, and so on, I usually try to do so. I fear being regarded as a man who will never try to correct his defects if pointed out. Those habits hinder quarrels from happening and make this essay boring.

2012年12月13日木曜日

英文エッセイ「My most favorite teacher」


【テーマ】
Who's your most favorite teacher when you were a student of elementary or junior high school?
Introduce the teacher and some episode in your sweet(?) memory.

【佐々木の回答】

The teacher who I remember was my favorite is the modern Japanese literature teacher in my first year at high school. He was about forty years old at that time. I liked the intellectual atmosphere he wore. He didn't use the schoolbooks. Instead, he used paperbacks or his original prints as textbook. He used for example Osamu Dazai's earliest collection of short stories "Bannen" (Declining Years). I got to like Osamu Dazai under his influence. He taught us, "As soon as you buy a dictionary, throw away its box. The trouble of taking out dictionaries out of their boxes hinders you from referring to them". I have followed the teaching since then.



2012年12月12日水曜日

英文エッセイ「My dream」


【テーマ】
What is your dream?
How do you make the dream come true?


【佐々木の回答】
When in twenties I sought someone to whom I could speak my dream and who could speak his or hers to me. Sharing some dream with someone seemed indispensable to the happiest life one could live. Now in forties I speak my dream to no one and have no desire to share any dream. I have noticed no dream can be truly precious to more than one person. In other words, a dream truly precious to one person can be never precious truly to another. Speaking a precious dream to someone to whom it is not precious harms the preciousness of it. One can make one's life happier by keeping on good terms with someone who doesn't share any dream than seeking someone who share some dream.

2012年12月11日火曜日

英文エッセイ「About hospitals」


【テーマ】
Do you like a hospital in Japan or not?
Why?

【佐々木の回答】
I want to keep hospitals at as long distance as possible.

I was hospitalized twice for a disease in which the lung collapses because of a buildup of air in the chest space ("spontaneous pneumothorax"), at the ages of seventeen and eighteen. The second time I was hospitalized for the disease, I decided that I would never go to hospital next time I suffered this disease. Observing the state of my own lungs, I noticed this disease was cured just by lying quietly. But in the hospital, doctors required me to undergo inspections repeatedly. By moving to inspection room repeatedly, my repose was obstructed, and naturally, the recovery was delayed.

I suffered this disease for the third time at the age of nineteen. As I had decided, I didn't go to hospitals. Just lying quietly for a few days, my collapsed lung recovered.

2012年12月10日月曜日

英文エッセイ「The reason I can send in the homework of this course」


【テーマ】
Some people continue to send in their homework of this English study course everyday.
What kind of efforts do you make?  How do you have a creative mind?
Some people can not. Why?  What do you think is the difference?

【佐々木の回答】
In both public and private life, I have failed to measure up to other people's expectations so many times that I am rarely assigned too many tasks. And I am postponing many tasks I should have finished. These are main reasons I can send in the homework of this course. I am so sorry.

2012年12月9日日曜日

"We the Living" Japanese edition arrived


Ayn Rand's "We the Living" Japanese edition arrived this evening.


I have read about half already.

The oppressive atmosphere of the world of this novel fits with today's my a little dimmed consciousness because of a slight cold.

Just like I caught a cold in order to read this novel in the most suitable condition.



(From the left, Japanese editions of "We the living," "The Fountainhead,"  "Atlas Shrugged." The most of full of tags to "Atlas Shrugged" were attached when I read the book for the third time after 2011 Tohoku earthquake.  Although I also attached full of tags to "The Fountainhead", I detached many of them because too increased tags didn't function as tags.)

2012年12月8日土曜日

英文エッセイ「Abourt adultery」


【テーマ】
A boy meets a girl. The boy likes her and the girl likes him, too. Both fall in love and after that they get married. Recently this process is usual.
But in former times or still now in many traditional areas the father decide(ed) the daughter's (or the son's) partner.
Let's confirm it is natural that "A man/woman likes and loves a woman/man."
After marriage a man or woman never likes and loves another woman or man... Is that possible and usual?
What do you think about beginning an earnest love affair with someone besides your spouse?
Assume that you keep secret about your affair with her/him, never injuring your nor her/his spouse.
Write your opinion honestly.


【佐々木の回答】
I am very reluctant to have a sexual relation, or a sex-oriented relation, with married women. Marriage requires a man to undertake heavy responsibility. As a still-single man, I respect every man who undertook the heavy responsibility to a woman and the family he made with her. It seems to me having a sexual or sex-oriented relation with married women is a desecration of the resolution her husband made at their marriage.

2012年12月7日金曜日

英文エッセイ「About that world-famous song」

【テーマ】
The best popular genius person in yesterday's homework was John Lennon.
So today, please translate English lyrics "Imagine" into Japanese by your original wards. And after that tell us the contemporary meaning or your feeling about this message song.

【佐々木の回答】

[Translation of lyrics]

"Imagine"
暇人

Imagine there's no heaven
暇人の想像は天の神も救いようがない
It's easy if you try
自分はやればできると思ってる(でもやらない)
No hell below us
自分だけは地獄に落ちないと思ってる
Above us only sky
暇人の頭はただ空っぽなだけ
Imagine all the people living for today
暇人とは毎日その日暮らしのすべてのピープルのことである

Imagine there's no countries
暇人は国境をなくせば戦争がなくなると思ってる
It isn't hard to do
しかもそれが簡単だと思ってる
Nothing to kill or die for
無政府状態の方が殺戮はよっぽど恒常的なのに
And no religion too
おまけに宗教の廃絶そのものが一つの宗教だという自覚がない
Imagine all the people living life in peace
暇人とは平和ボケして生きるすべてのおめでたいピープルである

You, you may say
有名税かもしれない
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
僕は夢想家だけどオンリーワンじゃない
I hope some day you'll join us
横浜の駅ビルはジョイナス
And the world will be as one
世界は一つってか

Imagine no possessions
暇人は私有財産制度をなくすと他人が所有している財産がそのまま自分たちのものになると思っている
I wonder if you can
そんなこと本気で信じてるのかよ
No need for greed or hunger
何もしなくても飢えることがない状態を望むなんて究極の強欲だよ
A brotherhood of man
他人のくせに勝手に兄弟気取りなんて気持ち悪い
Imagine all the people sharing all the world
暇人とは世界中の他人の所有物を共有の名の元に自分の所有物にしたいと考えるすべての厚かましいピープルである

You, you may say
有名税かもしれない
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
僕は夢想家だけどオンリーワンじゃない
I hope some day you'll join us
横浜の駅ビルはジョイナス
And the world will live as one
世界は一つってか


[What I felt]
It is interesting that people who love this song often object to free trades, only by which I think the ideal of this song can be achieved.

2012年12月6日木曜日

英文エッセイ「About two crazy ones」

【テーマ】
In the following video, about 20 authority figures come on the scene.
Chose two ones and write your impression or opinion about each of them.
http://bit.ly/o0UEkE

【佐々木の回答】

Albert Einstein:
A scientist who gives comfort to boys and girls with poor school record by having been a backward pupil himself and growing up to be a Nobel laureate and even one of the most famous scientists ever, although one can not be a Nobel laureate only by doing badly at school.

John Lennon:
A musician who proved the censorship is meaningless by showing people never attempt to overthrow the governments even though they are forced to listen to a music he made which advocates anarchism repeatedly through Christmas season every year.

2012年12月5日水曜日

英文エッセイ「About the famous song of a late Japanese rock musician」

【テーマ】
Translate the lyrics of the following song from Japanese into English, and write your honest feelings about the song or the singer or this work of translation.
http://bit.ly/TJgrLi

【佐々木の回答】

[Lyrics]

"That night of a fifteen-year-old"

With nothing but a scribbled schoolbook
and outside the window in my view
Dreaming unreachable dreams
in the sky above the skyscrapers
If I could break the door of emotions
I don't know how to let off

Caught smoking by teachers
at the back of the school building
We have no escape

Gathering and squatting down
Turning the back on
and glaring at the adults
with whom no feeling can be shared
The fellow guys are planning to run away from home tonight
The school, and home
I'm fed up with those places

Having no idea even who I was
I trembled that night when I was fifteen

Starting the motorbike I had stolen
Running into the darkness of the night
Having no idea where to go
Refusing anyone bind me up
In this night I escaped into
I felt as if I got free
That night when I was fifteen


[What I felt]

It is uncomfortable to look straight at emotions of the adolescent. I admired the talent of the author of the song who described emotions of the adolescent so vividly in plain language almost any Japanese people can understand.

2012年12月4日火曜日

英文エッセイ「My first trip by myself」

【テーマ】
When did you have a trip by yourself for the first time? Where? How did you feel and what happened?

【佐々木の回答】
Probably the first time I went alone on an overnight trip was when I was seventeen. During the summer vacation of the high school, I had a cycling tour of seven days around the East Hokkaido region of Japan. I stayed at youth hotels, at a cheap inn converted from an old passenger car, and even at waiting rooms of railway stations. Interestingly, travelers who used other means than bicycles often showed their respect for bicycle travelers, although traveling by bicycle was not so toilsome as they imagined. It was great experience to pedal the bicycle alone with a green field stretching out to the horizon before me.

2012年12月3日月曜日

英文エッセイ「Memory of the childhood concerning snow」

【テーマ】
Write about a sad or pleasant experience you had concerning snow in your childhood.

【佐々木の回答】
What excited me most concerning snow when I was a child was the silence the snow made.
In the morning, you wake up, and even before you open the curtains, the unusual silence tells you the snow has laid outside the window.
The rattling of the railroad in your neighborhood are pretty muffled.
Those silences sank deeply into my mind which was made clearer than usual by the coldness that silvery white snow made.

2012年12月2日日曜日

Those by whom I am fascinated recently

Those by whom I am fascinated recently are characterized by the following three wills.
  1. The will to research by themselves.
  2. The will to judge by themselves.
  3. The will to act by themselves.
Conversely, those whom have all the above three wills always fascinate me.

And few people seem to me to have all the above three wills.

2012年12月1日土曜日

英文エッセイ「About a government which expects people to ask what they can do for their country」

【テーマ】
A big national election is coming up in Japan. Nobody still knows the result of general election. What do you expect of the next Cabinet?

In 1961, the most famous American President J. F. Kennedy had following inaugural address.

"And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you."

We can transpose the above "America" to anything, for example "Japan", "Osaka", "Tokyo", "company", and "friend" or "family" etc. Do you agree or disagree with the quoted speech of J. F. Kennedy (or his speech writer), and why?


【佐々木の回答】
About half a century ago, J. F. Kennedy asked people to ask what they can do for their country. Today, there are people who ask more than J. F. Kennedy asked to ask. They ask, "what can we do for the earth?"

For example, they advocate using recycled paper instead of virgin wood pulp paper. To recycle paper, much more natural resources are consumed than to produce paper from virgin wood pulp. Many of the actions intended to protect the environment are destroying the environment. Men can hardly know whether an action benefits or harms the society and the environment as a whole.

Campaign messages like "what can we do for the earth?" have induced people to support enactment of laws to subsidize those companies and institutions which call themselves "environment-friendly." Subsidies benefit a handful of people, and harm the most of other people by making taxes heavier and disturbing fair trades. Contribution to the whole is often advocated aiming at creation and protection of specific interests.

I prefer the government that expects people to ask what they can do for themselves, rather than to ask what they can do for the country.
 
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