Sunday, September 24, 2017

"all things are possible" - Antipathy to Rich Men and Noblemen

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Antipathy to Rich Men and Noblemen

There was a famous author in Japan in the early 20th century.

Before the end of WWII, there were noblemen or the noble class in Japan who were positioned socially under the imperial family but above ordinary citizens.  The author wrote a novel in which one of protagonists openly criticized rich men and noblemen.

Two young men were walking up through fields of grass in the foot of the big volcano Mt. Aso.  The story was constituted mostly with their conversations.  And one of them strongly expressed his antipathy to rich men and noblemen.  However, a tempest occurred and they abandoned the idea of climbing up the mountain.  Yet, the young men made up their minds to knock down noblemen someday and try to climb up the moutatine again.

This novel titled The 210th Day was written by Soseki Natsume (1867-1916) and published in 1906.

It is a surprise that the famous author Soseki wrote a novel in which a protagonist criticized rich men and noblemen so openly.  Soseki was not a socialist and had no connection with political movement.  Although he was a successful author, he hated rich men and noblemen.  This tendency might contribute to popularity of his novels.  Soseki Natsume is still one of the most respected and loved authors in the Japanese history.  

Are there any major and successful authors in the world who make a protagonist in their novels openly and directly criticize rich men and noblemen in the main plot?

Natsume was not Christian, but he must have well known that Christ Jesus in the Gospels criticized the elite of the society in addition to rich men and noblemen.

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Mar 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
Mar 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.