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.”


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