Familiarity breeds “world peace”! 親しみは世界の平和をつくる!


The last post was about the word “familiar”. So I had some more thoughts on familiarity. That is: when you aren’t familiar with something, you can’t see the differences.

前回の投稿で「familiar」を説明したけれど、familiarity について色々考えてみた。それは、あることをあまり知らないと違いが分からないというと言う事だ。

it’s all the same: みな同じに見える?

It is true when you talk about cultures and languages. For example, when I was young, all the bands that sang in English were the same to me. I didn’t realize that the Beatles were from England and that the Eagles were an American band.


Differences in English: 英語の違い

But now I hear different pronunciations between British and American English. Furthermore, I notice the regional differences in American English. That is because I have traveled extensively, spoken with people from all over, watched movies and read books in this country over the years. And that leads to a deeper understanding of culture and you will be able to enjoy subtle things.


Generalizing : 一般論

If you are not familiar with the subject it is easy to generalize. You might put a general label on it and be done with it. You will miss a lot and your life can get more boring in this way. Sometimes it can even be dangerous when that label is negative and misrepresented, especially in the case of racism and cultural misunderstandings.


Curiosity is important : 好奇心は重要だ

Thus, being curious about things helps you to have a more interesting life and avoid being closed-minded. Isn’t it a key to a happy life? It maybe is true that “familiarity breeds contempt” in one way, but it can also breed happy lives and, I dare say world peace.

そのように、物事に興味を持つ事は人生をより興味深くし、狭い了見を防ぐのだ。それは人生を楽しいものする鍵じゃない?「親しさが軽蔑を生む」というのはある意味で正しい一方で、ものをよく知る(= familiarize)、のは世界平和にも繋がる可能性がある、とあえて言いたい。