Original Intentions

The original intention of a person is important… Those who study have various original intentions. Above all, seeking the way of sincereity is a superior intention. Wanting fame is an inferior intention. Thus it is that when those who began their studies for the sake of fame advance, it is displayed in their degree of progress. They embellish their work with many allusions and fancy prose, but in the end they cannot conceal it. During important challenges, they lose support for their actions, lack fidelity in principles, and give in to profit or power. The shamefulness of this sight cannot be concealed.
The Second Year of Ansei, The 26th of August. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

24日初一念
人は初一念が大切なるものにて、(中略)学問を為す者の初一念も種々あり。就中誠心道を求むるは上なり。名利の為にするは下なり。故に初一念名利の為めに初めたる学問は、進めば進む程其の弊著はれ、博学宏詞を以て是れを粉飾すと云へども、遂に是れを掩ふこと能はず。大事に臨み進退拠を失ひ、節義を缺勢利に屈し、醜態云ふに忍びざるに至る。
安政二年八月二十六日「講孟箚記」

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