Learning is the Studying of Why We are People

I’ve said, “Learning is studying why we are people… First, the most important thing about being a person is the loyalty between a lord and a retainer. The most important matter concerning a nation is the difference between itself and barbarians…”
The Third Year of Ansei, the Fourth Day of September. “A Record of Shouka Sonjuku.”

8日学は、人たる所以を学ぶなり
余曰く、「学は、人たる所以を学ぶなり。(中略)抑々人の最も重しとする所のものは、君臣の義なり。国の最も大なりとする所のものは、華夷の弁なり(中略)」と。
安政三年九月四日「松下村塾記」

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