【World Life】とは?


World Lifeな生活

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Do you think anything is more boring, clichéd, or uninteresting than proverbs? I used to feel that way until recently when I discovered an excellent way to appreciate proverbs more fully.

It all started when I began to question if we can always live up to what a proverb suggests. For example, “time is money.” It doesn’t take long to realize that we often waste a lot of time in our lives, unless we’re exceptionally efficient and capable individuals, which is not something most people aspire to be.

That’s when I realized there are two opposing forces at play: on one side, the simple truth that the proverb presents, a value or judgment that we should follow or live up to, and on the other side, the reality of human beings who are not always rule-abiding. We can be lazy, wasteful, careless, disloyal, and untrustworthy at times. It’s like a sumo match between the two forces: the proverb urging us to embody a certain value, while our human nature resists.

This led me to an idea to better appreciate proverbs. First, when you come across one, try to accept its truth. Then, counterargue with it. For example, you can say, “You’re right that time is money, but we can’t always behave or work in a super efficient or productive way. That’s just who we are.”

What do you think of this? I believe that by approaching proverbs in this manner, they become more interesting, going beyond their banality and cliché. Proverbs gain depth when considered in the social context in which human beings live. When seen in isolation, they may not be as intriguing.

You might respond, “That sounds nice, but is it worth the effort? It could be troublesome.”

If you have such a reaction, there’s an ideal proverb for you: “no pain, no gain.” Now that you’re familiar with my sumo argument method, you may argue like this: “You may be right, but I often find myself tempted to gain a lot without putting in much effort, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We shouldn’t be blamed for trying to achieve more with as little pain as possible. After all, productivity and efficiency are what we all strive for.”

Now, you’re becoming quite skilled at this new perspective!