Vigorous Effort

There is nothing closer to “vigorous effort (kyoujo)” than seeking benevolence (jin). What sort of teaching of kindness is this? Learning begins when studying a great cause, one thinks of the feelings of others, rather than doing things only for yourself. This is the way of vigorous effort.
The Third Year of Ansei, The Fourteenth of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

18日強恕の道
強恕して行ふ、仁を求むることこれより近きはなしとは、何等の親切の教えぞや。大義なることを勉強してすると、人の情を思ひ遣りて己の行ひをするとより学問は始まることにて、是れ強恕の道なり。
安政三年五月十四日「講孟箚記」

Confer Mencius: (Not my translation)
盡心上: 孟子曰:「萬物皆備於我矣。反身而誠,樂莫大焉。強恕而行,求仁莫近焉。」

Jin Xin I: Mencius said, ‘All things are already complete in us. There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity on self-examination. If one acts with a vigorous effort (kyoujo) at the law of reciprocity, when he seeks for the realization of perfect virtue, nothing can be closer than his approximation to it.’

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