Wednesday, June 17, 2015

"six things doth the LORD hate" - The Richer, The Colder


The Richer, The Colder

If you have money, you think poor people are your enemies, since you believe that they will surely try to rob you of your money no matter what amount it might be.

That is why rich people are cold.  In older days, being rich means having higher status; noble men were richer than farmers and merchants.  Accordingly, noble people were cold to people who belonged to lower classes.  Especially, royal families were colder and even cold to noblemen, since they might try to rob them of the higher status.

Of course, being rich gives a sense of happiness.  Money can buy friendships, respect, and fun.  So, rich men look like not having cold minds but very humane minds when they are enjoying fruits of wealth.  But they never take pity on the poor.

The richer, the colder at the core of one's heart.

For example, before the present Emperor of Japan, children of any emperor had not been raised in the same house as their father's.  An emperor was required to raise his children as his subjects.  No parental love was allowed to be given to children of an emperor and an empress.

An emperor of Japan had been one of the richest men in the nation.  Accordingly, it was feared that everyone, including noblemen, would try to use children of an emperor to obtain the special goodwill from an emperor or get special benefits or status from the imperial court.  So, an emperor must be cold even to his children, so that he would not hesitate to take any severe or cold measures against those abusing his children to steal any wealth or status from him.  In the worst case, emperor's blind love to his children might have endangered the imperial court.

However, the present emperor, for the first time in the Japanese history, raised his children under the same roof when he was crown prince and married in 1959 to have two sons and one daughter eventually.  Though his parents, the late Emperor and Empress of Showa, lived in the Imperial Palace, the crown princes's family lived together in the Crown Prince's Palace, several kilometers far from the Imperial Palace over busy Tokyo streets.
Today, the present Emperor and Empress live in the Imperial Palace while their two married princes live in their own independent palace and house with their own families.  The imperial custom has indeed changed, since the present Emperor married, as a young crown prince, a young lady from a non-noble class family, who is now Empress, 14 years after WWII.

Of course, it is an influence of American democracy that was imported into Japan after WWII exhaustively since the Empire of Japan was defeated by the US.  Even the Constitution of Japan enacted in 1947 was drafted based on not only American democracy but also American Christianity.  And, this Constitution has survived to date without any modification.

Accordingly, the Imperial Family of Japan is not as cold as they had been before WWII, partly because they had lost many assets in the War.

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Pro 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
Pro 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Pro 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
Pro 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.