Laws are important to keep things in order, unfortunately not everyone follows them to the letter. Some turn a blind eye or think that doing certain things is unnecessary and does not harm anyone. Brazilians were famous for breaking rules and laws, while the Japanese are able to obey many laws to the letter and are famous for following an educated, honest and humble lifestyle.
Unfortunately not all people are equal, there will always be those who don't care about laws and rules. Still, for many it is impressive that the Japanese do not play trash in the streets, do not skip lines or break small traffic rules. Many think that this is the result of good administration and severe punishment for those who break the law. Really?
Strict laws are of great help, but they are not primarily responsible for organization and harmony in Japan. Many developed countries have strict laws, plus a high rate of problems, fatalities and lack of organization due to the fact that the population breaks rules and laws.
Not to mention that many things that Japanese people do for others is not a law, but they are simply motivated to do so. In doing research, I came to the conclusion that everything is based on Principles not laws.
What is a principle?
Japanese people are able to be obedient, polite, honest and humble because of their culture and social pressure to do what is right. Despite all cultural influence, the Japanese can only obey rules and laws to the letter when they have principles, which serve as compass, to keep you on a path within the law.
Principle can be defined as "Rules or code of (good) conduct by which someone strives to lead in life". Principles influence our decisions and determine the direction we take in life. The principle is like a predecessor of the law, a process, beginning, beginning, basis, cause, root and reason.
What are the advantages of having principles?
A person who has principles does his best to avoid things he considers wrong. A person without principles, however, even if he uses his conscience or thinks that a certain action is not harmful, ends up taking the first step that leads to error. A person with principles thinks about others, while without principles thinks about himself.
Laws are like someone taking a flashlight and pointing in a dark direction to know what to do. Principles is as if you turn on a light instead of just a flashlight. Walking with a flashlight is much more dangerous than having a fully lit path.
With the principles, no one is needed to say whether that is right or wrong. There is no need for parents, police, government officials and religious leaders to say that this is harmful to society in the short or long term. There is no need for signs saying forbidden to throw garbage on the streets, they know that this is harmful to themselves and others. Not even dumpsters are usually found on every corner as some imagine.
One of the main culprits of disobedience of laws and rules is the famous culture of “me first“. This kind of thinking is a manifestation of selfishness and haste, as people break laws on their own advantage. In Japan, this type of thinking is not welcomed.
What is the most important principle?
One of the most important principles in the world is love of neighbor. If we have love and put others first, we will avoid doing anything that is harmful to others, such as stealing, killing, lying, cheating, hiding and others. A basic principle of the Bible that unfortunately many who claim to be religious do not follow.
How do Japanese people who are not Christians succeed in this task of showing love and thinking about others even in the smallest things?
It is obvious that most of the time the Japanese do not do good out of love, but only to keep up appearances or to follow their cultural pattern. No matter the culture, belief or education of the person, if he tries to do things obligatorily, just to comply with laws, he will end up making mistakes. So Japan is far from perfect!
When we are exposed to opportunities, advantages, and anything else that involves self-benefit, we can easily be tempted to break laws to win this. Even if the person is good, he can make mistakes. What to say today in Brazil? A country where the wrong seems right and who does the right is often made fun of for it?
Perhaps if those who call themselves religious were more concerned with basic principles than with laws, they would be able to obey the laws that speak so much. The principle of treating others as you would like to be treated is a fundamental one that can easily bring peace and order to the world. It is not necessary to have religion to know that this thought is the most logical and correct.
What are the Japanese principles?
In Brazil we are created with wrong principles. The Japanese, on the other hand, tend to have basic principles based on proverbs, ancient art, education, Buddhism and Shinto. Below we can list some random things that positively influence the Japanese in some way to be able to obey the laws to the letter and maintain peace and order in the country.
- The nail that sticks out is hammered down;
- Simplicity or elimination of the disorder;
- Discipline and ethics - Japanese martial arts are all based on that;
- Zen concept (involves several things);
- Wabi-sabi - Imperfection is normal, mistakes happen;
- Kawaii - The concept of finding cute things;
- 9 Principles of Japanese Art and Culture;
- Does the media and culture influence people?
- Japanese honesty
Throughout the life of a Japanese he learns to live in a society without trying to rise and topple others or stand out. Sometimes limiting yourself can be harmful, but there is nothing wrong with being taught to consider the opinions of others before your own.
Some live criticizing when someone says that the person is influenced by friendships and by the lifestyle they lead or what they hear, watch and play. It is enough to analyze the lifestyle of each country well to reach a conclusion that culture has a strong influence or reflection on its people.