2019年07月02日

“Does death relieve us from suffering?”

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Just because we have opened a new era (Reiwa), doesn’t mean that drastic changes have come to our every day life. Meaningless killings and domestic violence have become common news. Most shockingly, whereas murder cases in general have been on the decline, family-related crimes have continued to rise.

The reason why I think this happens is that even though several people are living under the same roof in the form of a family, there is little to no conversation between its members for months on end.

Recently, a great amount of media attention in the Diet is focused on the pension problem. Although this is important, we first must build a stable economic base and create a society that cultivates a spirit of respect for others.

The invention of the iPhone has made our lives much more convenient but can we actually say we are happier because of it?

Each individual comes across various difficulties throughout the course of their life. Dealing with those difficulties depends on how they view them. If he or she feels those difficulties are negative, the chance of those experiences turning out negative will be high. A positive outlook will probably turn events into positive experiences. It all depends how we view each event.

Although they are not taught, we often quickly understand the feelings of anger and envy. On the other hand, no matter how many times we teach the feeling of gratitude and thankfulness, they don’t seem to sink in.

I think people today, both old and young, think that “death will relieve us from everything”. Actually, it doesn’t. Like Japanese haiku poet Shiki Masaoka taught us “Until now I had mistaken the “Enlightenment” of Zen: I was wrong to think it meant being able to die serenely under any conditions. It means being able to live serenely under any conditions. “

When I hear the term “Fruitful Life”, I always think it’s a word for the younger generation. In contrast, even if you are terminally ill and have no idea what may happen tomorrow, if you have someone by your side to give you support, then I think you will live “fruitfully” until the end.

Death is not a dark thing to fear. Rather, it’s the light that illuminates at the end of the tunnel of life.

「死は苦しみからの解放なのか?」

時代が令和に代わっても、無差別殺人や家族内でのトラブルは相変わらずであり、近年の犯罪傾向として、殺人事件の件数は減っているのに家族内での犯罪はむしろ増加傾向にあるそうだ。

 その背景には、同じ屋根の下に暮らしながら何ヶ月も会話を交わすことがないような人間関係が存在するのだと思う。

 今、国会で年金問題が大きな関心事となっているが、経済的基盤の構築と同じように大切なのは豊かな心の涵養と人間関係の構築だ。

 スマホの普及によって随分便利で快適な生活がもたらされた筈なのに、その受益者の側に幸福度が増したという話は聞こえない。

どんな状況の中を生きようとも、それをどう受け取るのかは私の心が決めてゆく。怒りや妬みの心は誰から教えられなくても本能的に湧き上がってくる感情なのに、「有難う」という感謝の心は繰り返し教えられないと身に付かない。

 現代人の多くは、老いも若きも「死んだらきっと楽になる」という思いを抱いていると思う。しかし、仏教の教えを聞くと、平気で死ぬ事の前提は平気で生きる事だと教えられる。

 「光り輝くいのち」という言葉を聞くと、前途洋々な若者にふさわしいと思ってしまう。だがたとえターミナルケア病棟に身を置いていようとも、今日一日を生きられた喜びを分かち合いハイタッチする相手に恵まれれば、最後の時まで光り輝く人生を生ききれる。

 そう死は決して暗く避けたい事柄ではない。むしろ暗闇を照らす灯にもなれる。




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