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March 24, 2011

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Jakob

There is a holistic world view at work if you look at the way that the Japanese build their places of spiritual worship: Every shrine or temple is really an ephemeral concept that only enters the physical realm through constant rebuilding of the wooden structures. The physical is not what lasts, but rather the spiritual core is being rebuilt time after time. 和, I agree, might be the essential core to Japanese society. Unfortunately that means that other societies will need to rely on other core principles to draw upon when resilience is needed.

Katherine

Remarkable. I love everything from that nice country. Still ordering their prducts online. :) I won't be surprised for them to come up with a new wave of innovation in the near future.

Mike

The Japanese seem to be not only persistent but also quick to gain knowledge from mistakes.

Even though the loss of life and property has been terrible, I suggest it would have been much worse without them implementing what they have learned from past failures.

Solid post—thanks.

Mike Sporer

Very informative post, Garr. We can learn from their tenacity!

John Ritchie

Thank you Garr (and to the people of Japan). This is exactly the motivation I needed today.

Alex

Great article, Garr. Those kind of article are subliminal.

Great comment, totally True.
"The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart."

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Fred E. Miller

Thanks for this Post, Garr.

The whole world can learn from the way the Japanese are handling the worse of the worse of the worse.

Susan Kelly

Well said.

As bad as this news is, I'd still go back to live in Japan in a minute.

Amrita  from  India

Greetings from India. I agree with this 100%

Sindhu Raghavan

Given their history of natural or man-made calamities and resilience if Japan can rise above this one (and I am sure they will) then they will be a learning as a nation for the world at large. Thanks for this wonderful post.

Alex Rascanu

Wonderful article. I truly appreciate having had the opportunity to live in Japan for some time. There is much that the rest of the world can learn from Japanese people.

Donk

Sorry, but if you've fallen down 7 times, then you only need to get up 7 times - and you're already up. You can't get up an 8th time unless you fall down again.
So surely it should be "Fall down 7 times, get up 7 times".

garr

I think you must be joking, but just in case you are not. This proverb -- like any proverb -- is poetic and is metaphor. (Not to mention the fact that this is an English translation.) No logical analysis is necessary or possible. Besides, what is inspiring about "fall seven, get up seven"? Nothing. The meaning of fall seven get up eight is simply to never give up, never give up, never give up no matter how many times you fall (fail). This proverb is one of my favorites and one of the most beautiful and inspiring for me in Japan. Remember that logic is only one way of looking at life, not the only way, nor is it the only form of intelligence. On the other hand, perhaps you were just joking :-)

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