No Difference Between Ancient and Modern People

I usually say there is no difference between ancient and modern people… A trait of an average person is to think of saints or demons or heavenly beings if you speak of the ancients, and to think there is a seperation of heaven and earth only for modern people. This is the height of despair… Such people cannot follow a path like Emperors Yao and Shun.
The Third Year of Ansei, The 17th of June. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

20日古人今人異るなし
余常に謂ふ、古人今人異るなし。(中略)俗人の癖として、古人と云へば、神か鬼か天人かにて、今人とは天壌の隔絶をなせる如き者と思ふ。是れ自暴自棄の極にて、(中略)与に堯舜の道に入れべからずとは此の人なり。
安政三年六月十七日「講孟箚記」

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