Archive for December, 2010

Nowadays many people ask: Is there any hope for future? This question reminds us of Kant’s question: “What can we hope?” The question itself tells us that we live in the world where there is no clear hope. Then do we have to give up this life? No. I want to find any hope from the God’s breath of life. That is, in order to have any hope we need the breath of life which the world cannot give. Two verses in the Bible give us a clue to overcome depression and despair:

Genesis 2: 7, “the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

Ezekiel 37: 5, “This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.”

Don’t we think we need any new breath of life? I think we need and have to breathe this breath of life from God. Then we will live, become a newly living being, and finally have new hope.


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When we receive a card, which often says in a rut, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,” what do you feel? Is your heart really moved? We need to express more concrete words. What could they be?

After writing this one, I received a card from my daughter (seven years old), a card which really made me moved, since it said, “Dear Mom and Dad, Merry Christmas. I love you! You are always there when I need you…”

Do I confess that God, “you are always there when I need you”?

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Many people often say that “a bird flies with two wings.” However, in order to fly, a bird has not only two wings but also will to fly.

Left wing and right wing cannot but co-exist and should exist together. However, it is not enough, since, without the driving force or momentum that unifies and sublates (Aufhebung) both left and right, history cannot proceed toward progress.

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Sun, Cloud, and Shadow

A shadow cannot exist by itself, because it is revealed by and through any object. However, although there is an object, the object itself cannot make a shadow, since without the sun, it is impossible. Only if the light and the object exist together, the object is revealed as a shadow. Thus a shadow is revealed in relationship.
For example, a proposition, “a cloud reveals a shadow,” can be satisfied by a pre-condition: the sun must exist. Without the sun, a cloud cannot be revealed as a shadow.
We can recognize a reality through phenomenon and the reality can be revealed though phenomenon, if there is any satisfactory condition. What can be revealed is revealed only through in relationship.

This is what I think when I was in a plane.

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