THE MIRACLE OF JAPAN: IN DEFIANCE OF DEFEAT

If the economic success of postwar Japan was fueled by its unbending will and durable work ethic, applying the same philosophy the Japanese will again soar to higher echelons of success. Surely this is more than sanguine optimism. Sustained effort never fails. The evidence booms deafeningly. From the blackened ashes of destruction, Japan has risen, dusted off herself, licked her gaping wounds, buried her oozing dead, sobbed silently, swallowed her copious tears and faced her adversities courageously. She has endured the inflicted pain with resilience and dignity while her able sons and daughters dedicatedly sweated at 60-hourweek jobs heeding the precepts of their ancestral masters. They have learned the value of loyal service; they have learned that the needs of the group supersede personal needs; they have learned that dedication and hard work pays rich dividends; they have learned that all work is Buddha practice; and they have learned that the employees are the employers’ most valuable assets. And for that the results are conspicuously visible.

THE ELOQUENCE of EFFORT EMBODIED: THE JAPANESE WORK ETHIC

Philosophical Religious and Social Influences With a land mass of 145,000 square miles and a population of 126 million the phenomenal export output would suggest that the Japanese are probably overworked and under slept. Napping passengers on their daily commute provide ample evidence.  The saying among high school students – sleep four hours, pass; sleep …

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: The Source of Youthful Vitality

Physical Effort Inexorably, all things tend to randomization – disorder.  And regrettably, that includes the human body. The unrelenting offensive of the forces of entropy on the human organism spontaneously hastens it deterioration. Of personal concern is how can onslaught be minimized to ensure the body’s youthful vitality. What, if anything, can be done to …

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ENTROPY and DEFORESTATION

Paper Consumption The consequences of mindless deforestation are soil erosion, devastating floods, loss of water filtration, decimation of aquatic life and the loss of natural human and animal habitat. Forest loss also reduces the availability of renewable resources like timber, medicinal plants, nuts, fruit, and wildlife.[1] All plants absorb carbon dioxide (CO2 ) and release …

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ENTROPY and the ENVIRONMENT: Mining and Deforestation

Introduction Living systems preserve life by resisting the tendency to molecular disorder. Continuously they strive to defend their structural integrity by extracting energy from the environment returning the dissipated energy back to the environment in the form of toxic waste.  Both the accumulation of toxic waste and the flow-through of dissipated energy are existential threats …

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