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An Encouragement of Learning$
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Yukichi Fukuzawa

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167147

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167147.001.0001

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(p.101) Section Fourteen
An Encouragement of Learning

Fukuzawa Yukichi

, David A. Dilworth

Nishikawa Shunsaku

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents the English translation of Section 14 of Fukuzawa Yukichi’s text Gakumon no susume (An Encouragement of Learning). Here he discusses how people do more evil and foolish things than they think in their hearts, and do not achieve so much success as they had planned. But no matter how wicked people are, there is no one who devotes his whole life to doing only evil deeds. Fukuzawa also explains the two meanings of the term sewa: “protection” and “direct.” The former means to stand by the side and watch over a person, or give him money or things, or spend time with him so that he will not lose profits or honor. The latter is something done for the good of a person. It means to give instructions concerning what is good and to protest against what is bad for another. It means to give advice to someone to the best of one’s ability.

Keywords:   evil deeds, sewa, protection, direct

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