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Authors:  (Kimiyo Murata-Soraci, School of Global Studies, Tama University, Kanagawa, Japan)
Abstract:
What are we to be mindful of? For those of us who are professional
philosophers, and for those of you who engage in the various fields of
academic discipline and research, we know the vital importance of
maintaining a sincere learning attitude and the power to question (ann 案 )
things without prejudgment and anticipation for continual flourishing of our
academic lives. We say, in Japanese language, ―narau‖ (習う) or ―shūtoku‖ (
習得) for ―to learn/study.‖ As the character for ―narau‖ (習 ) is consisted of a
character for the bird‘s ―wings‖ (羽 ) and a character for color ―white‖ ( 白 ),
our way of research should take off, every time anew, in an open and
indifferent mindset. And yet, we become forgetful of the basic position amidst
our work-a-day world of multifaceted projects and production of meanings.
We seldom take heed of the empty loss silently filling our world of handling
people and things in teaching and research.
Our efficiency-ridden contemporary lifestyle, too, propels a tight grip of
calculative, instrumental thinking and exacerbates our obliviousness to the missing danger. We forge things to work for our needs and goals, thus tend to
ignore or denigrate the unavailable, unsuitable, and inoperable facets of things
as useless and senseless excesses. For example, we seldom pay attention to an
empty space encompassing around and behind things thus letting things
articulate their unique features to us in our daily surroundings. Without an
empty space, we can neither know a thing nor distinguish one thing from the
other. And yet, heedless to a gift of emptiness or empty space (kokū, 虚空)
and its creative non-presence for life, we go on to extract presentable aspects
from things, set boundaries in things in relation to the other, and settle an
account of their presence of meaning by employing, without an iota of doubt,
the subject (shutai, 主体 )-and- the substance (jittai, 実体 ) based
language of intentionality and causality. 


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