In modern times, our customs have become frivolous and educated culture is slowly dying. Although there are many under Heaven who read, there are few who unceasingly seek the Way. Furthermore, people are happy with this and hold themselves haughtily. Those already wise do not venture to help wake up those not yet wise. And those not yet wise, too, do not look to those already wise as teachers. The cause of the blocking off of this path is also the cause of great men’s sorrow.
The Second Year of Ansei, the 18th of September. “A Letter to Master Taika Yamagata Begging a Commentary on the Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”