Kokoro Japanese Inner Life Hints by Lafcadio Hearn

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Excerpt: ...and its capacity for pain: in the clean poverty of his own land he saw strength; in her unselfish thrift, the sole chance of competing with the Occident. Foreign civilization had taught him to under-stand, as he could never otherwise have understood, the worth and the beauty of his own; and he longed for the hour of permission to return to the country of his birth. (1)"Although we have progressed vastly beyond the savage state in intellectual achievements, we have not advanced equally in morals.... It is not too much to say that the mass of our populations have not at all advanced beyond the savage code of morals, and have in many cases sunk below it. A deficient morality is the great blot of modern civilization.... Our whole social and moral civilization remains in a state of barbarism.... We are the richest country in the world; and yet nearly one twentieth of our population are parish paupers, and one thirtieth known criminals. Add to these the criminals who escape detection, and the poor who live mainly or partly on private charity (which, according to Dr. Hawkesley, expends seven millions sterling annually in London alone), and we may be sure that more than ONE TENTH of our population are actually Paupers and Criminals." -ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE VIII It was through the transparent darkness of a cloudless April morning, a little before sunrise, that he saw again the mountains of his native land,-far lofty sharpening sierras, towering violet-black out of the circle of an inky sea. Behind the steamer which was bearing him back from exile the horizon was slowly filling with rosy flame. There were some foreigners already on deck, eager to obtain the first and fairest view of Fuji from the Pacific;-for the first sight of Fuji at dawn is not to be forgotten in this life or the next. They watched the long procession of the ranges, and looked over the jagged looming into the deep night, where stars were faintly burning still,-and they could not see...

About Lafcadio Hearn

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Lafcadio Hearn (1850--1904) was a confirmed admirer of Asian sensibilities and practices. His taste for the eerie and bizarre materializes in his supernaturally focused works, including: "In Ghostly Japan" (1899), "Shadowings" (1900) and "Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things" (1904).Foreword by Victoria B. Cass noted author and professor emeritus at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of "Dangerous Women: Warriors, Grannies and Geishas of the Ming" and "In the Realm of the Gods: Lands, Myths, and Legends of China.
Published January 29, 2007 by BiblioBazaar. 238 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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