August 09, 2021 at 04:09PM

Please, please respect the “eldery” people in the field you are interested, especially if you are just visiting. “Result”, “Outcome”, “Speed”, “Productivity” and “Efficiency”. They are all important aspects to be “Successful” in today’s society, but “An amount of time one had spent” in one field can be an irreplaceable treasure (wisdom). They spend so much time doing “something” in their limited resources. We can choose to use the dishwasher and be efficient. Can we “consider(define)” those who washes dishes by hand just “Not-efficient”? That is a very dangerous mindset to limit the culture. Same in Sashiko. If you are relatively new, first try to learn, then keep practicing. I welcome a good thought-out discussion. I have a lot to learn. For that, I am “eldery person” in Sashiko & learning a lot here. (For example, in the C/A issue, I am a newbie and all the statements I make can be insufficient – not wrong, insufficient. I am still learning).

“An ability to adjust to new things (technology)” and “performing the expected meme” are very important in today’s society. Those who “can” adjust may look down on by those who “cannot”. However, those who “can” have to understand their “can” may be based on those people who “couldn’t”. Same in Sashiko. It is a fantastic movement to celebrate Sashiko. However, that celebration has to include those who made it happen (kept it until today). At least, let’s say without respect, the celebration cannot exclude those who had established the wisdoms. Do you think it is over-reacting? No, it is an on-going “trend” in Sashiko.

「年配を敬え」という言葉。昔は嫌いでした(笑)長く生きてるからって尊敬の対象になるとは限らんだろって。でもね、今は普通に「年配の方々は敬え」と思っています。今のご時世、「尊敬」される為には何かが必要で、それは実力だったり、お金だったり、努力(できる環境)だったりします。実際、生産性や現代社会に求められるものを考えると、「老害」という言葉が出てくるのもわからなくもない。でもさ。人生って生産性だけじゃないし、「実力」とかもあくまで一部だと思うんですよね。年齢を重ねた方々の輝きって、智慧という言葉と共に、きっと敬うべきものとしてあるんだろうなと思っています。(全ての年配の人を敬えとは言ってません。人間性が駄目な人もいる。でもそれは年齢に関わらないのでね)。だから日本で刺し子をしていらっしゃる方々のお言葉は、どんなお言葉も真摯に受け止めて行きたいと思っています。

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