Back To Life

Back To Reality

Praxis 2022/03/03 English

I read Tetsuya Furuta's "Immoral Lecture on Moral". This book also has a thrilling subtitle "What is luck for our life", and the content is also great. The words of Kankichi Ryotsu, the main character of "Kochikame", are quoted at the first. "Life is totally gambling!". Furuta tries to discuss how these words are real and watch the history of ethics from ancient Greek to modern moralists. I can't say I could this book completely because I don't know about ethics. So judging whether the discussion of this book is right or wrong is out of my ability. But I can think of the problems this book shows as some presents (maybe this might be selfish).

I try to think if I have been lucky. I am a person who are born in 1975 and one of the Dankai Jr Generation which is a kind of baby boomer. So I had to study hard and win the war of school exams. Even though I become a student of a university, I had to get into the ice age of the economy in this country while graduating the university. I couldn't become an employee... and after those troubles, a female friend of mine said that I might be an autistic person. I tried to find the fact and it told me so. I have to owe that fact all my life (even if I can choose if I show or hide it). These facts are the products of luck?

Probably someone says unfunny opinions like this. Life can have an element of gambling. We have different faces and can be of different sexes. We can't choose where we are born and the parents who give us birth. These things are beyond my/our ability. Maybe even the problem that I can obey gravity in my life can be a problem about luck. All I can do is to seek any better life within that limited life (even if it can't be perfect). And live as better as possible. This book is written to show us how to live a better life within the gambling reality.

But this 'live a better life' might be a spartan logic that is 'Never blame the situation' or 'Be thankful for misfortune'. Of course, Furuta tries to get a distance from that spartan logic and look at the reality that our life depends on luck even if trying to get higher morally is important. We are imperfect and (therefore?) we try to do any better things as possible we can. He tries to discuss exact discussion which contains the problem of that kind of reality. But I want to read more 'modern' discussions.