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The Spirit of Japan

A Lecture

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Published: 1916
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,996 / 30 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 46.7
LoC Category: GN
Downloads: 1,762
Added to site: 2010.07.11
mnybks.net#: 28427
Genre: Essays

Delivered for the Students of the Private Colleges of Tokyo and the Members of the Indo-Japanese Association, at the Keio Gijuku University.

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eful to protect himself from its tyranny. If he is weak enough to grow smaller to fit himself to his covering, then it becomes a process of gradual suicide by shrinkage of the soul. And Japan must have a firm faith in the moral law of existence to be able to assert to herself, that the Western nations are following that path of suicide, where they are smothering their humanity under the immense weight of organisations in order to keep themselves in power and hold others in subjection.

Therefore I cannot think that the imitation of the outward aspects of the West, which is becoming more and more evident in modern Japan, is essential to her strength or stability. It is burdening her true nature and causing weakness, which will be felt more deeply as time goes on. The habits, which are being formed by the modern Japanese from their boyhood,--the habits of the Western life, the habits of the alien culture,--will prove, one day, a serious obstacle to the understanding of their own true nature. And then, if

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