Are You “For” or “Against” It?

They say there are two ways to build the highest building.

One way is, of course, to build the highest building. As long as you keep working on your building, you will have the highest one.



Another way is to destroy all the other building that is higher than yours. If you can take all out successfully, you will be left, being the highest building.



This story tells us the two different methods of achieving personal improvement. Construction or demolition. Unfortunately, “demolition” method seems to be the popular way (people don’t even realize that they are doing this). I keep reminding myself that I should be always working on myself. I have one favorite quote on this.

Yoshiharu Habu, the greatest Shogi player alive, was once asked,

“Do you study the opponent before the match?”

He answered,

“I used to, but I don’t any more. If I am strong enough, that’s enough. I only work on myself, and I believe that is the royal road to mastery.”


Today, as I was listening to political news, I realized how most Japanese politicians are using the demolition method to gain power. Highest Building story works in politics too.

Point should be to make people’s lives better. That simple. But all we see in the news are series of demolitions. I guess it’s ok if we are doing fine, but are we? No.. We should realize that the Earth is shaking. Ground is cracking. It doesn’t really matter who got the highest building, or which party is holding the majority, or who is the guy, or who REALLY is the guy.  Every time some politician said something wrong and we spend days discussing how we should make him take “responsibility”, that’s just step down from our solution. There are MUCH to discuss.

Again, the question is, are we going to work on ourselves and our problems, or are we going to just keep blowing up each other? It may sound too simplistic, but I believe this is THE question. FOR or AGAINST.

“I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” — Mother Teresa

Big difference.