The Cause of Sorrow

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.”

5日斯道の塞がる所以
近時、風俗澆薄にして教化陵遅し、書を読む人は天下に満つれども、道を求むる者は絶えてなくして僅かにあり。而して其の自らを是とし自ら高ぶり、先知は已に肯へて後知を覚さず、後覚も亦肯へて先覚を師とせず。是は斯道の塞がる所以にして、志士の憂うる所以なり。
安政二年九月十八日「太華山縣先生に与へて講孟劄記の評を乞書」

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