Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, where incredibly fewer than 5 people are murdered with firearms per year. How do the Japanese manage to preserve harmony, meekness and serenity in this troubled world?
Japan was not always peaceful
It may be ironic, but Japan was once one of the most violent countries on earth. Not only because of the events of World War II, but Japan in its millions of years of history has always lived in war.
Internal and external wars have always happened and Japan has a long history of wars with the famous Samurai, Ninjas, Emperors and a great unjust and disgraced hierarchy.
It was only after the Second World War that the Japanese changed dramatically in a way that impressed the world. They only achieved this because despite their previous wars, the Japanese were dedicated and respectful.
The Japanese dedication to work and the education of young people made Japan a peaceful place. The country was helped by a rich cultural history and customs that became a pillar for the nation to become what it is today.
This shows us that Brazil can change and improve, but for that we need law and organization. We need to change the selfish and ignorant way of thinking of most people in our society.
Harmony in the name of Japan
Have you heard of kanji wa [和]? This ideogram means harmony, peace, sum and totality. But people recognize this ideogram as Japanese style or Japan. It is present in several words that refer to Japan, its art and culture.
The ideogram [和] is also present in the word nyuuwa [柔和] which means meekness, tenderness and softness, themes covered in the article. Realize that even the Japanese language refers to Japan as a meek and harmonious place.
Even the name of era of Japan they referred to harmony. Many things in Japan, especially traditional things, which refer to style, culture and customs, use the [和] referring to Japan.
For example, wagyuu [和牛] is the Japanese steak; washitsu [和室] is the fourth in the Japanese style; wafuku [和服] are traditional Japanese clothes like the Kimono. Everything in Japan refers to harmony.
Harmony it is a word that originated in the Greek language and that indicates an agreement or consonance both in the artistic and social context. Often related to the chaining of simultaneous sounds.
THE JAPANESE MANSIDION IN THE WAY OF THINKING
The main reason why Japan has so much harmony and peace today, is in the way of thinking of the Japanese. The culture and education of Japan, manages to refine much of the thoughts that cause disgrace in society.
Japanese people are taught to be humble, obedient and mild. These qualities are totally the opposite of the pride, anger and disobedience that ends up being widespread in Brazilian culture, resulting increasingly in thieves, corrupt, proud, stressed and violent people.
Nowadays it is more and more common for people to get angry and want to fight with another person for useless things. Japanese, on the other hand, rarely lose their composure and lower themselves to that level.
We don't want to impersonate anyone, although the Japanese are peaceful, one of the reasons is that they hardly want to go to the trouble of getting into trouble, either to help or to cause them. This can be a bad attitude sometimes.
School and society teach Japanese people to be tame, not to get involved or cause problems, to be obedient to the laws. The Japanese are not obliged to follow this path, but there are consequences for those who do not fit into society.
Unfortunately our Brazil seems to make the winter way. It seems that here to be honest is to be stupid or to be peaceful is to be loose. All of this is the result of the impatience of Brazilian society that focuses on fulfilling its own wishes instead of making wise decisions.
Brazil's biggest mistake is the desire to satisfy things immediately without thinking about the next or future consequences. I wrote exactly about this subject on one of my sites, I recommend reading the immediate satisfaction article by clicking here.
Japanese customs that result in harmony
If you have ever practiced martial arts, you should remember the rules, respect and dedication committed to that art. The truth is that almost everything that Japanese people do in their culture results in harmony and not disorder.
At classic songs are famous in Japan, can be heard in many public places. Students are influenced to learn to play such instruments as the piano and violin. These songs that are part of Japanese culture soothes the population, resulting in harmony.
In Brazil, we have an apocalyptic scenario. Unfortunately, most people despise classical and instrumental music, but love songs with lyrics aimed at sex, betrayal, drinking and sometimes even apology for crime and drugs.
If you heard a more calm, poetic and romantic song, you are criticized by the new generation. The same thing happens with films, series and drawings. I've lost count of the times I've been criticized for not liking violence excessive in the media.
In Japan people diversify their cultural activities, students have the option to choose one club where he will dedicate much of his school life to some type of art or sport that requires a lot of discipline and persistence.
From an early age, Japanese children are taught to clean the school. It may seem unimaginable to Westerners, but it gets us used to doing things that are not fun or that we don't like, lessening our selfishness and helping to accept things in order to keep the peace.
They are small tasks, rules and aspects of Japanese culture that make the Japanese have the ability to be gentle, peaceful, serene and harmonious. Of course, there will always be people opposed to these qualities, just ignore them.
Principles that lead the Japanese to serenity
There are some thoughts and principles that lead the Japanese to serenity, harmony and meekness. In Japanese culture, art, poetry, philosophy and religion there are thousands of aspects that lead to serenity. Let's see some below:
Shouganai - Nothing can be done, it is a Japanese thought where they accept that something is impossible and cannot do anything to solve it. A reminder to accept things as they really are, avoiding negative thoughts.
Mugon-no gyō - Refers to meditation and reflection before doing anything or making a decision; Making hasty decisions ends up leading the person to make mistakes and harm others.
Kodawari - It involves paying attention to details in a scrupulous and determined way, motivated by a passion and self-discipline, even if it has no recognition or results.
I have also written several articles talking about Japanese cultural aspects and some principles that result in this meekness and harmony. I will end the article with a list of those articles below. Thanks for sharing!